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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Plane art upsets New Yorkers
Ground Zero, New York City
Ground Zero neighbours said the artwork was offensive
An artist has angered residents near Ground Zero in New York with a painted sign reading "Caution, low flying planes".

James Peterson said the work was meant as a memorial to the attack on the World Trade Center a few blocks away.

Mr Peterson, 36, said he had not intended to offend anyone with his 140-square foot piece, entitled Caution: 2003.

If you take a low humour view of it, that's really in your mind, not mine
James Peterson, artist
However, following complaints, the authorities ordered the building's owner to remove the artwork or apply to make it legal.

Neighbours had complained to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Mr Peterson's acrylic painting, on brickwork, includes an image of a flickering flame.

Ground Zero souvenir seller
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The artist said: "If you take a low humour view of it, that's really in your mind, not mine."

Christopher Roilph, who lives in the building, said he appreciated Mr Peterson's point.

"The nature of art is that it changes your mind about things and causes you to have feelings," he said.

Donnahue Osbourne, an engineering technician, said the painting was not as offensive as hawkers selling World Trade Center souvenirs at the site.

But he said: "It doesn't fit. It just doesn't fit."

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