Man Spent $4000 On A Giant Statue To Give Town Officials The Middle Finger

August 22, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

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A man has spent $4,000 erecting a massive middle finger statue, aimed at local officials, and the world has a new petty hero.

Ten years ago, Ted Pelkey wanted to build a 8,000 square foot garage, so he could move his truck repair and monofilament recycling businesses to his own property, rather than working in the nearby town of Swanton. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? But unfortunately, the Westford Selectboard and Development Review Board blocked him from getting a permit. The battle continued for a decade, as town leaders kept saying no. Over and over and over.

Pelkey has been told by planners that his application doesn’t meet the standards set out for the city. But Pelkey reckons it’s personal.

"The town of Westford has played with me for 10 years," he said. "And we all know that was 10 years of my prime existence, when I was hustling more than I’m hustling today. I’m just sick of it."

The disgruntled 54-year-old decided to show town officials exactly what he thought of them, by commissioning a giant statue of a middle finger. The monument was constructed out of a 700 pound block pine, sits atop a 16 foot pole, and cost $4,000. Pelkey also put up two floodlights, so the statue’s visible all day, and all night.

“I’ve been put through the wringer by these people, and it’s just not right,” Pelkey told Boston.com. “I haven’t been treated fairly at all. I was sitting at a bar and said to my wife, ‘Hey, I want to get a statue made of a middle finger, and I’m going to put it up on the lawn’.” Pelkey thought town officials would force him to take it down, but unfortunately they cannot. Westford banned billboards, but since the giant middle finger statue is not advertising a business, it falls under the category of public art, and is therefore protected by free speech. Pelkey’s reaction to that news? “Most wonderful thing I’ve ever been told in my life.”

Pelkey hopes that other local residents are not offended by the display and that it might make them think about the people who are in charge of the town.

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Pelkey hopes that other local residents are not offended by the display and that it might make them think about the people who are in charge of the town.

“It was critical to me to make sure that my neighbors and the people who live in this town understood that I didn’t put that up there for them,” explains Pelkey. “It is aimed directly at the people who sit in our town office. I’m not trying to cause hate and animosity to the people who live in that town, because there’s very good people in that town. All the people are very good people.”

On the whole, residents don’t seem too put out by it.

One told WCAX: "I wasn’t offended. It’s somebody’s expression and it didn’t hurt anybody as far as I know except for maybe somebody’s feelings."

Another added: "You can’t believe somebody went through all that work. It’s very big. Everybody got the message. But a lot of work went into it.

 



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