Photo: The good, the bad and the really, really ugly


A Longyearbyen School student, top left, holds up the flag she would have designed for Norway if she prevailed in an 1821 competition among the country’s elite. About 20 flags designed by Longyearbyen students will be part of an exhibit of more than 400 flags titled “Utforsking av Norges Flagg” (“Exploration of Norway’s Flag”), which will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Friday at Galleri Svalbard. Included in the exhibit are all variations of the flag, real and fictitious, including the version flown during Germany’s occupation of Norway during World War II, shown at top right. At bottom left, an option for people to design and share their designs is offered at the project’s website. At bottom right, local students learn about the history of Norway’s flag prior to designing their own versions during a workshop at the school last october. The exhibit, part of a project initiated in 2012 and intended to continue until the flag’s 200th anniversary, will be on display in Longyearbyen until Sept. 11.