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flag with flagpole removed No.1

I'm not a political guy. For me, the flag has a lot of design appeal (and has inspired artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Frank, Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, etc). I wonder what a series of flags will look like when the flagpole is digitally retouched out of the scene, like the example here. This must have been done previously by someone. The idea feels way too familiar to be original.