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Giant Legs Sculpture Kicks Off Land Use Debate

The <em>WSJ</em> reports on tensions over a 16-foot-tall sculpture prominently displayed in a private yard in the artsy village of Sag Harbor, and the larger debate of whether art should be exempt from traditional land use rules and regulations.
November 24, 2010, 10am PST | Emily Laetz
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Art or eyesore? The discussion is not a new one but it is certainly being rehashed in the Long Island community of Sag Harbor, where the fate of a towering pair of legs sculpted by a renowned artist now rests in the hands of the local Zoning Board.

"Some residents object to such a visible monument to their controversial sculptor, the American artist Larry Rivers, who died in 2002. Tourists gawk at them. Schoolchildren snicker. One of their owners, Janet Lehr, says they have become a kind of 'landmark' familiar to Hamptonites and have 'captured the public imagination.' "

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Published on Monday, November 22, 2010 in The Wall Street Journal
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