Nearly 200,000 flags have been planted on Washington DC’s National Mall to mark President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris’s inauguration.
The public art installation, dubbed the Field of Flags, ‘represents people from around the world who would gather for the inauguration’, says the Presidential Inauguration Committee.
We’re installing almost 200,000 state and territory flags that will cover the entire National Mall for #InaugurationDay!
— Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 18, 2021
The 191,500 US flags – which vary in sizes and represent every state and territory, and those who have died from COVID-19 – are illuminated by 56 pillars of light and act as a stand-in for spectators, who cannot gather for the event because of the pandemic and heightened security concerns.
The inauguration ceremony is being televised across the world and is available to live-stream on Youtube and Twitter.
See the Field of Flags being illuminated in this video from the Guardian.