The 16-foot-high fiberglass sculpture by Larry Rivers called “Legs” has been taken down for cleaning and restoration and will be reinstalled when the work is done, according to Janet Lehr, who lives in the former Bethel Baptist Church at the corner of Henry and Madison Streets, on which the sculpture had been mounted for over a decade.
Last year, after a New York State Supreme Court Justice agreed with the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals that the sculpture was an accessory structure that violated the village zoning code, Building Inspector Thomas Preiato issued six summonses against the owners for code violations. “It will be replaced when it’s cleaned up,” said Ms. Lehr on Monday. “The legal situation is an offense to the law. Art is art. Structure is structure. They can’t be conflated.”
Mr. Preiato declined to comment on the matter on Monday because it is pending in court.