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What Our Readers Think: 'Legs' Brought to a Heel

Controversial sculpture in Sag Harbor denied permission to stay displayed on side of Madison Street home.

"Legs," a 16-foot tall sculpture by the late artist Larry Rivers, has been from Ruth Vered and Janet Lehr's Madison Street home by Sept. 15, according to , and Patch readers had a lot to say about the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals' move.

Some will not miss the legs:

said, "I'll be glad to see the legs gone, and the issue closed. Nothing against Ruth & Janet, but those legs are really ugly."

said, "Glad to see them go."

Others cracked jokes:

quipped, "These legs are made for walking...."

While others disagreed with the ZBA's decision and lamented the loss of "Legs" (Though it must be noted that Vered says the fight isn't over):

said, "The legs have been determined to be a structure that needed to comply with building code rather than a work of art by a widely respected artist. It's a pity. I find them rather whimsical"

Via Southampton Patch's Facebook page:

  • Amy said, "This is ridiculous."
  • Karin said, "Booo!!!!"
  • Tara said, "Another domino falls in Sag Harbor."
  • Jean said, "What a shame! Go Ruth and Janet...fight them"

said, "Congratulations to Sag Harbor for becoming a laughing stock in the art world. Foolish is as foolish does. Now that that is taken care of, what about every other accessory structure in the Village that is not 35 feet from the sidewalk. That would be a lot of home garages and all of the big ugly mailboxs with windmills, whales etc on them."

  • replied, "Who gives a flying duck what the 'art world' thinks...nothing but a bunch of self-important elite fops who think paint drizzled over pipe cleaners with a dash of color is the height of culture."

came to the defence of the ZBA. She said, "Local zoning boards have a difficult job in trying to deal with this type of issue. They rely on their legal counsel to help interpret code, which is often vague, as well as to uphold the community's standards, also not easy! An unusual question like this one is challenging, to say the least! But board members are just regular citizens, trying to represent the community with fairness in their decisions, and they deserve our thanks for their service. It's community service at its best and often a thankless job."

Boron April 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The legs are trash, just like their creator and current owners.
ron johnson April 23, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Bingo! You're correct And according to Patch, Vered says the fight isn't over): It's all the publicity.
TheWaterMillian April 23, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Hear, hear!
Bryan Downey April 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I read some of these comments with such abrasive insults as "simpletons, idiots and pervert"! I think it ironic that CD can say what he or she wants to the extreme, yet he or she objects to someone else's opinions. In this case LEGS. We are listening to you, you have the right to say your piece, yet Vered and Larry don't?. I'm confused. Free speech or no free speech?, up or down?, in or out?, yes or no?. Stop slinging insults with a mask on. Let us know who you are so we can debate like intellectuals.
Bryan Downey April 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I read some of these comments with such abrasive insults as "simpletons, idiots and pervert"! I think it ironic that CD can say what he or she wants to the extreme, yet he or she objects to someone else's opinions. In this case LEGS. We are listening to you, you have the right to say your piece, yet Vered and Larry don't?. I'm confused. Free speech or no free speech?, up or down?, in or out?, yes or no?. Stop slinging insults with a mask on. Let us know who you are so we can debate like intellectuals. Please!

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