High-tech flag to usher in President's Day
WASHINGTON — A multimedia artist is bringing his 12-foot American flag that's viewed with Google Glass to the National Portrait Gallery for a special President's Day weekend exhibition.
“Portrait of America” by New York-based artist David Datuna is the first artwork to use Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses, organizers said. It's part of Datuna's series of works titled “Viewpoint of Billions.” Datuna's “Portrait of America” will be on view on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the museum.
The flag installation is a collage made of plywood, newspapers and images of George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Lady Gaga and other figures. The top layer is made of hundreds of eyeglass lenses that give the piece a different look from different vantage points.
In an interview, Datuna said he set out to tell a story that reflects American cul-ture, its freedom of expression and the innovators who push the country forward.
“It's about people who really created this country. It's about people who wanted to change this country, build this country,” Datuna said. “I want to show the American culture, the American journey.”
Datuna was born in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic and later became a U.S. citizen. He said his passion for America began when he was about 5 and his father was arrested for listening to Elvis Presley. He wanted to know why someone could be arrested for listening to music.
Cameras embedded in the artwork and on Google Glass allow the viewer to become part of the artwork, and it evolves over time, exploring connections between art and technology. Visitors can have their portraits taken wearing Google Glass and share them on social media.
The National Portrait Gallery, which houses the presidential portraits, is hosting a family day on Saturday with various activities for children and a story day on Sunday with a story about President Lincoln.
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