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 Times, The 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.