“I decided to make flags for each game of the World Cup I watched this Summer. I wanted to spread my support for different countries and feel more like a global citizen, without any political or geographical ties. That’s the greatest gift football and other sports can offer, they can genuinely bring disparate people together for play.
I re-imagined flags of different countries, adding a playful reference to that country within the design of the flag. America has one of the best flag designs there is, I really love it, and it was a lot of fun to work on. The first edition of this flag was with a burger and fries but the fries didn’t quite look right in red, so I turned them into bacon. Everyone seems to love bacon.” – Jon Burgerman
London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has been forced to defend herself against claims that her design for Qatar’s Al-Wakrah stadium, which is being built for the 2022 football World Cup, is based on the female genitalia, after images of the “vagina stadium” went viral two weeks ago.
The architect insists that the building’s swollen flaps, which part along the roof to frame a central ovoid opening, were inspired by the sails of local dhow sailing boats, but others have ridiculed their labial similarities. The Daily Show ran images of the stadium sprouting a forest of pubic hair, describing Hadid as “the Georgia O’Keeffe of things you can walk inside” and sent its sports correspondent to find the clitoral “press box” in vain. Hee!
In support of the argument that it looks like Lady parts, I will offer that it also closely resembles This. In the meantime, if there’s grass on the field, play ball!