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Iwo Jima Flag Raising in Pipes.

Iwo Jima Flag Raising in Pipes

Field review by the editors.

Bottineau, North Dakota

Although instantly recognizable to patriotic American hindbrains as a World War II Iwo Jima tribute, this version strips away the usual figurative padding. When even a nation's pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks risk death for victory, you know it's total war.

Iwo Jima Flag Raising in Pipes.

The six soldiers raising this flag are fashioned from black metal pipes, each topped with a GI helmet. The banner itself is a sheet of slightly bent black metal.

The sculpture was created in 2020 for the 75th anniversary of World War II's most photogenic flag raising, and was part of a Bottineau civic project. It was later moved to a strip of rural frontage a couple miles north of town, far away from the visual attention battlefield.

Iwo Jima Flag Raising in Pipes

Address:
9949 Co Rd 49, Bottineau, ND
Directions:
Two miles north of Bottineau on the west side of ND-49/Town Line Rd. Easy to spot; nothing else is around it.
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