Through research* I discovered the Union Jack flag is made up of three separate flag designs layered onto one another creating the familiar design we know today.
What if this flag were three-dimensional? I used sheet metal and wire rod to "explode" the flag into the original three flags. The wire rod creates the familiar shape of the Union Jack and when combined within the sheet metal, reveals elements of all three flags: The St. Andrews (Scottish) and St. George (England) flags are the front and back panels of the diagram.
Looking at this metal sculpture straight on will give you all the layers of the Union Jack flag.
I wanted the layers to wrap around the middle wire flag, all connected in one unit. The process for building was meaningful because I have Scottish heritage and a love for the United Kingdom. Combining three flags is a poetic notion of the joining of nations together.
*From The Official website of The British Monarchy: "The Union Flag, or Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom.
It is so called because it combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign - the kingdoms of England and Wales, of Scotland and of Ireland (although since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom).
The flag consists of three heraldic crosses. The cross of St George, patron saint of England since the 1270's, is a red cross on a white ground. After James I succeeded to the throne, it was combined with the cross of St. Andrew in 1606. The cross saltire of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, is a diagonal white cross on a blue ground. The cross saltire of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is a diagonal red cross on a white ground.
This was combined with the previous Union Flag of St George and St Andrew, after the Act of Union of Ireland with England (and Wales) and Scotland on 1 January 1801, to create the Union Flag that has been flown ever since."