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Kansas candidate criticizes flag art display at university

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas congressional candidate says a public art project involving an altered U.S. flag at the University of Kansas is disrespectful to the military.

The piece, called Untitled (Flag 2), is the last of a series of flag pieces that have flown on the Lawrence campus in the last several months as part of a national art project. Kansas is one of 11 institutions at 14 locations participating in "Pledges of Allegiance" project, which organizers say is designed to address social issues and inspire community among cultural institutions.

Steve Watkins, a combat veteran and Republican candidate for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, says it hurts him to see the altered flag at the university.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the flag includes two black shapes that the artist, Josephine Meckseper, says represents a deeply polarized country.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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