A 1920s contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia Sun Symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th-century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: the four directions, the four times of day, the four stages of life, and the four seasons. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today.
Proposals for a New Flag of New Mexico
New Mexico State Flag Proposal No. 1 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 11 AUG 2014
New Mexico State Flag Proposal No. 2 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 11 AUG 2014
New Mexico State Flag Symplistic Proposal. The existing flag’s design is iconic and is one of the best liked state flags so I didn’t change much, just the color. By Ed Mitchell. 2013.