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“Legs” Walks onto Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board Agenda

Posted on 16 February 2012

What began as a local debate over Janet Lehr and Ruth Vered’s decision to place Larry Rivers’ “Legs,” a 16-foot sculpture of a woman’s legs, clad in hosiery, on their Madison Street residence in 2008 has evolved into a piece of cultural news followed by The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and CBS News. Local news sources to international blogs are also paying attention to the fate of the “Legs” and whether or not they will be forced to walk right out of Sag Harbor Village.

Next Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Sag Harbor Zoning Board of Appeals will entertain Lehr and Vered’s second application in the hopes of legalizing the “Legs” which stride alongside their home, once the Bethel Baptist Church, and have been erected in a raised planter.

Last month, attorney Richard A. Hammer, who will represent the gallery owners and art collectors in front of the zoning board, said he questioned why this was being considered in terms of zoning at all. Hammer said having the “Legs” should be protected under the constitutional rights associated with artistic expression.

Other applications up for discussion at the meeting include Elizabeth Dow’s proposal to erect an accessory apartment on the first floor of the former Sag Harbor United Methodist Church, which is now located in the village business district where apartments are restricted to the second floor. The board is expected to adopt a resolution allowing the apartment.

John Leonard’s proposal to add a convenience store at the Harbor Heights Service Station on 114 is also on the agenda — although until the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board finishes its environmental review of the project the zoning board is largely prohibited from discussing it.

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3 Responses to ““Legs” Walks onto Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board Agenda”

  1. Darren Gengarelly SR. says:

    At what point does “artistic impression” become “artistic intrusion”. There is a right to free speech in this country. However no one has the right to yell at another. The oversized art piece in question is intrusive in it’s enviroment and in my opinion is to “loud” for it’s present location.
    A large reason i believe that Sag has maintained it’s charm through years of “artistic impression” is the artists and collectors respected the enviroment of others who may not have the same opinion in an art piece. Understanding that Sags charm would surely have been gone long ago had it become a public art forum for “artistic intrusion”.
    Considerate artists and art collectors enjoy their art in their own enviroment. Or ensure public displays are not confrontational. Unless of course the confrontation would lead to positive change or cultural enlightenment.
    This art piece carries no positive change. And certainly no cultural enlightenment. What we are seeing and dealing with is a self centered and egotistical artist with zero respect for their neighborhood.
    I hope the ZBA stands strong in it’s pursuit in fairness for the entire neighborhood.

  2. Warren Kerr says:

    The thing that sets us apart from other lands are our freedoms. If you don’t like the legs don’t look at them. This is such a non issue and shows just how petty we are free to be. With things as bad as they are right now is this the best use of our goverment? Really?

  3. Darren Gengarelly SR. says:

    My opinion is based on the merits of character. Or lack there of. I happen to love the legs.Just not in that neighborhood. I think they would look great on the left wall of Conca Doro’s driveway. I fully support or freedoms. I also fully support respecting my neighborhood and community as a whole.

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