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Jun 6, 2017 11:53 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Infamous Larry Rivers 'Legs' Sculpture In Sag Harbor Back In Spotlight

Jun 6, 2017 1:58 PM

The infamous “Legs” sculpture by artist Larry Rivers has returned to the attention of Sag Harbor Village.

On May 30, the village’s building inspector, Thomas Preiato, issued six citations for the 16-foot-tall Pop Art fiberglass sculpture, which stands just outside the home of Janet Lehr and Ruth Vered on the corner of Henry and Madison streets.

Mr. Preiato said he wrote the citations after residents asked him about the status of the sculpture after the Village Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance for a 60-foot flagpole for the Gulf gas station on Hampton Street on May 16.

“I looked into it further and checked with our legal counsel,” Mr. Preiato said on Friday. “It was decided that enough time has passed for them to have taken them down, which was supposed to happen in 2012.”

Mr. Preiato was referring to a decision made by the Village Zoning Board in April 2012 to deny three variances that would have allowed the sculpture to stay up. Ms. Lehr and Ms. Vered, who own the Janet Lehr Fine Art/Vered Gallery in East Hampton, had filed a lawsuit in June 2012 in their continued fight to keep the sculpture standing as an art piece.

However, a 2015 decision by State Supreme Court Justice James Hudson determined that the sculpture was, in fact, an accessory structure and therefore subject to village zoning codes.

According to Mr. Preiato, the citations are for the sculpture exceeding a 15-foot height limit for accessory structures; being an accessory structure in a front yard, which is not permitted; violating the village’s “sky plane” regulations, which limit height; the lack of a building permit or certificate of compliance; and being situated only 1 foot from the property line, where a 35-foot setback is required.

“I know nothing about the town’s latest action about the sculpture,” Ms. Lehr said on Friday when asked about the citations, adding that she would be speaking to her attorney, Stephen Grossman, to find out more.

“Legs” was created by the late Pop artist Larry Rivers in 1969 and first seen strutting in front of Ms. Lehr and Ms. Vered’s home in 2008.

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Those leggs are a far more interesting piece than the cliché lame nonrelevant boring overproduced & out of place so so so LAME lichenstein billboard sticks
By dave h (193), calverton on Jun 6, 17 8:25 PM
(Yes the ones at the parissh art depot )
By dave h (193), calverton on Jun 7, 17 6:44 PM