I work for a museum and an designing an exhibition about Lincoln. I have some design concepts that involve use of the flag image, and would like to get some feedback on whether they would be considered appropriate. 1. The nation torn apart by the issue of slavery. In this section of the exhibit, an entire wall would look like an 1850s American flag. The white stripes of the flag are dimensional and crumbling away to reveal an image of slaves gathering cottom in the red background. A hole in the flag is actually a window of a display case housing slavery artifacts. A quote of Lincoln on slavery is written on one of the stripes. The point is to express that the nation was being torn apart over issue of slavery. 2. Seccession and War. Later in the exhibition, southern states secede from the union. In this section a large Confederate flag is painted on the wall at an angle as a backdrop for related artifacts. It slightly overlaps a painted 1861 U.S. flag that is also angled, so that the Union is tilted downward, expressing distress. Both flags are of equal size, but the U.S flag is higher. I have read the flag code, and know that if one were to simply think of these design as flags being displayed, that these would be obviously in violation. What is not clear to me is what is accepable in artistic works that use the flag image. If literal flag code were applied to artworks, then every painting that shows a battleworn flag would be a violation. Every photograph, for that matter, documenting a vioaltion would itself be a violation, as well. The way the flag would be used in these designs woulf be educational in nature, and in no way intended as disrepectfulâ€”quite the contrary. I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks.