The University of Kansas is one of several colleges across the country that is allowing a black-paint splattered U.S. flag to fly as apart of an art project to highlight the “current political climate” in America.
The art display project is called “Pledges of Allegiance” and is sponsored by Creative Time, a New York based organization. The art project is features 16 designers and one of the artist’s flags fly each month.
The controversial flag is the work of German artist Josephine Meckseper, who says the flag is a reflection of a “deeply polarized country.”
Other educational institutions that are participating in this display include: University of South Florida, Cornell University, Texas State University and Rutgers University.
The art project is drawing ire from many, including KU alumni and Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, who issued the following statement Wednesday:
“The disrespectful display of a desecrated American flag on the KU campus is absolutely unacceptable. Men and women have fought and bled for that flag and to use it in this manner is beyond disrespectful. I have communicated with KU Chancellor Doug Girod and Board of Regents President Blake Flanders to express my disappointment that a taxpayer funded institution would allow such a display of our sacred flag, and I demand that it be taken down immediately.”