Do you think it’s a good idea to spend $4,000 on a statue that will give your entire town the middle finger? Well, Ted Pelkey from Westford, Vermont, believes that it is.
He probably thought that his regular-sized hand wasn’t enough, so he commissioned the statue to stand over the residents of his town. His decision comes after he had the battle to get a permit which would allow him to build a garage.
He said that he’s been trying to put a business there for the past 10 years, and it’s just never-ending. A board member of city officials said that “the development as proposed will cause the neighbors to suffer and reduce property values in the area”, so he wasn’t allowed to build the garage.
Pelkey was locked in a bitter dispute with the town of Westford, so he decided to take matters into his own hands – quite literally. He bought a giant statue of a middle finger for all of them to see, and he hopes that the statue would “get it through to the people in the town of Westford to have a really long look at the people who are running their town”.
All Pelkey wanted was to build an 8,000 square foot garage so he could move his truck repair and monofilament recycling business to his own property, rather than working in a nearby town.
Pelkey wanted to build the garage so he could move his truck repair and recycling businesses from nearby Swanton to his own property.
The Westford Selectboard and Development Review Board blocked him from getting a permit, and he has been battling for his permit for ten years. He kept trying to get his permit, and the board kept saying no, no, and no over and over again. Therefore, the middle finger is directed at the town leaders.
The statue that cost him $4,000 is made out of a 700-pound block of pine and stands on top of a 16-foot high pole.