Right after 9/11, there were American flags everywhere:  on cars, houses, billboards.  One day, I was driving on 95 north into Connecticut and noticed a billboard advertising Coca-Cola which was in red.  Further on there was another advertisement saying, "Drink Pepsi" which was in blue.  My mind was so filled with images of the American flag and somehow the two thoughts collided and I thought how interesting it would be to make a flag from the soda cans.  Ultimately my metal pieces have been made from recycled soda cans, embroidered roof flashing and collages of olive oil, anchovy and tomato cans.