Here’s the final design for what could be Salt Lake City’s new flag

Mayor Erin Mendenhall unveiled on Thursday the flag she’d like the City Council to adopt as Salt Lake City’s new flag.

The announcement comes after the city asked designers to create a new banner for Utah’s capital city.

Hundreds of designs were whittled down to eight. The final design is a combination of two submissions from local teenagers. It’s blue over white with a sego lily in the upper-left corner.

The flag’s designers are Salt Lake City locals Arianna Meinking, 18, and Ella Kennedy-Yoon, 17. 

The combination combines the top choices among the public, which had six weeks to weigh in on the top eight finalists.

“We’re in a once-in-a-generation moment of change and there’s no more perfect time for our City to unite under a new symbol that personifies and unites us all,” the mayor said in a release. “I believe this is the design that can take us forward, together.”

The flag’s designers are Salt Lake City locals Arianna Meinking, 18, and Ella Kennedy-Yoon, 17. 

Residents liked the flag depicting a bee over a honeycomb, as well as a larger version of the sego lily, which is Utah’s state flower.

The committee of volunteers tasked with choosing the flag, which included one of the world’s foremost vexillologists, combined the flag after the public’s feedback.

Mendenhall will present the flag to the City Council at its Tuesday meeting. The council will then consider final adoption Oct. 6.

Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.