- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on Kansas Republican candidates criticizing the University of Kansas for an art display involving an altered flag (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach are demanding that the University of Kansas take down an art display that involves an altered U.S. flag.

The piece, called “Untitled (Flag 2),” is the last of a series of flag pieces that have flown on the Lawrence campus since last fall as part of a national art project called “Pledges of Allegiance,” which involves 11 institutions at 14 locations across the country.

Colyer faces Kobach in the GOP gubernatorial primary in August.

He said Wednesday the “disrespectful” display is “absolutely unacceptable” and should be taken down immediately. He said he had contacted Kansas chancellor Doug Girod and Board of Regents President Blake Flanders about the display.

Kobach says it is outrageous that a public university would display a desecrated flag.

University spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson says private money paid for the project, which was intended to encourage conversation about the current political climate.

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12:25 p.m.

Kansas congressional candidate Steve Watkins 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.

The flag includes two black shapes that the artist, Josephine Meckseper, says represents a deeply polarized country. It also includes a black and white sock that Meckseper says takes on new meaning during the current controversy over immigration.


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