Video: Bob and Roberta Smith’s flags for Mayfair

Published 9 May 2023

This summer, Bob and Roberta Smith RA is designing flags to be flown throughout Mayfair in London. We visited his studio to find out the story behind the designs.

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    "I am obsessed with letter forms and words"

    For this year’s Art in Mayfair celebrations, Bob and Roberta Smith RA has designed a unique series of flags to bring a colourful splash to the streets around the Royal Academy.

    The project, called A Puzzle 4U, plays with letter patterns and the construction of words and sentences.

    Watch the artist talk about his designs and see if you can work out what the flags spell out.

    A Puzzle 4U will be flown on Bond Street, North Audley Street, South Audley Street and Duke Street, in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, until 9 July.

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      The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show and has run every year since 1769.

      It brings together art in all mediums, from prints, paintings, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and more by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.