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In Sag Harbor, 'Legs' Brought to Heel

The Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals says Larry Rivers sculpture must come down, The Sag Harbor Express reports.

"Legs," a 16-foot tall sculpture by the late artist Larry Rivers, has been ordered to be removed from Ruth Vered and Janet Lehr's Madison Street home by Sept. 15, according to .

The Express reports that the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals agreed with the building inspector that the artwork, which is mounted to the side of the house and illuminated at night, is an unlawful accessory structure. "Legs" has been set just 1 foot back from the sidewalk, where 35 feet is required.

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SagHarborBob April 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM
I'll be glad to see the legs gone, and the issue closed. Nothing against Ruth & Janet, but those legs are really ugly.
Preliator April 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM
These legs are made for walking....
Iloveeasthampton April 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Glad to see them go.
Gordon Matheson April 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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.
Loretta Lynch April 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
How about the guy that hung from the flag pole on Newtown Lane E H. He sure was ugly.
Barbara Borsack April 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
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.
Preliator April 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
"Congratulations to Sag Harbor for becoming a laughing stock in the art world." 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.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Via Southampton Patch's Facebook page, there were many comments on this story: 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"
Preliator April 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
"Go Ruth and Janet...fight them" Yes, go right ahead, waste more tax payer money on stupid stuff.
Gordon Matheson April 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I guess you mean we should thank them for making a lousy decision. OK Thanks. I'd also like to thank Preliater for being a classy guy and for standing up against self-important elite fobs. He sounds like he knows a thing or two about self important.
East Ender April 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
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.
Preliator April 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
It is "fop"...if you are going to quote me get it right.
Barbara Borsack April 19, 2012 at 08:09 PM
No - just recognizing that the decisions made are not always easy and just as there is disagreement here, its not a simple thing to get the consenses of a community. There is not always a "wrong" and a "right" - just differing opinions. I'm sure the members of the board thought they were doing what was best. Their opinion. It's impossible to please everyone and there will always be people who disagree with any decision.

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