"An interplay of light and color" is how artist Antonio Perez Melero describes the theme of his one-man show on exhibit at the Women's Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

Perez Melero uses hundreds of individually hand-painted wood pieces mounted on canvas to create a three-dimensional effect in what he calls his "constructions."

The artist compares his work to architecture because viewers interact physically with it. "They need to walk and view from side to side; they step up close to study the method . . . then step back to assimilate the total design," he said.

In this series of works incorporating the flag and other American icons, Perez Melero said he hopes to "convey the deep sense of pride and respect I feel for this country and the ideals for which our flag stands."

A native of Spain, Perez Melero has been living and working in New York City since 1982. His work is also part of the White House collection.

CAPTION: Light and movement create changing patterns for viewers at an exhibit of flag artwork at the Women's Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

CAPTION: Same picture, multiple images. Viewed from the extreme right or left, this painting by artist Antonio Perez Melero is a flag or a map of the United States. Viewed from straight on, it looks like a moire pattern of circles. The free exhibit of three-dimensional artwork continues daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday.

CAPTION: Light and movement create changing patterns for viewers at an exhibit of flag artwork at the Women's Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

CAPTION: Same picture, multiple images. Viewed from the extreme right or left, this painting by artist Antonio Perez Melero is a flag or a map of the United States. Viewed from straight on, it looks like a moire pattern of circles. The free exhibit of three-dimensional artwork continues daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday.