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Unidentified Artist
American Flag Whirligig
mid twentieth century
painted iron and wood
28 1/4 x 38 1/2 x 28 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

This whirligig, which comes from upstate New York, is simple, bold, and patriotic. As its painted blades spin, their colors blend into concentric circles of red, white, and blue, echoing the colors of Old Glory painted on the tail.