Giant Pair of Lady Legs.

Giant Pair of Lady Legs

Field review by the editors.

Sag Harbor, New York

The legs, 16 feet tall, were created by the late Larry Rivers in 1994 -- a copy of a set he'd originally made in 1969 for the local Smith Haven Mall. This pair was sold to a collector in Florida, then purchased by Ruth Vered in 2008 and erected here, next to her home, a former church. The town has been fighting to tear them down ever since.

Because Ruth -- very thoughtfully -- anchored the legs in cement, the town claimed they were a "structure," not a "sculpture," and thus in violation of zoning laws. Ruth countered that 1) without the cement the legs would be a safety hazard, 2) she's exercising her federally protected right of free speech, and 3) Larry Rivers was a famous artist.

The bickering was featured in a 2016 documentary, "Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town," which apparently gave the legs enough credibility to survive, although in 2017 someone splashed them with red paint.

Giant Pair of Lady Legs

Address:
Henry St., Sag Harbor, NY
Directions:
On the south side of Henry St., just east of its intersection with Madison St.
Admission:
Free
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