Ted Pelkey of Westford, Vermont, is very upset with town officials over a garage he wanted to build on his property. And now – EVERYONE knows about it.
“I’ve been put through the wringer by these people, and it’s just not right.”, explained Pelkey to Boston.com. So, wanting to illustrate his frustration and disgust into some kind of display, he build a statue of a middle finger and erected it on his lawn.
Pelkey spent more than $4,000 on the wooden sculpture, which weighs 700 pounds and stands on a 16-foot pole. Pelkey also set up floodlights so pedestrians and nearby drivers can see his work of art anytime. His ire is directed at the town’s Development Review Board, which has been denying his attempts to get a building permit for an 8,000-square foot garage.
And here’s the deal – authorities can’t force him to take down his sculpture. While Vermont has a ban on billboards, Pelkey’s middle finger isn’t technically advertising any business.
Pelkey is appealing the town’s decision to deny his building permit, and there’s a possible court hearing in January. Until then – the ‘bird’ will fly. ~ Jason