Installing the huge, rude hand wasn't cheap. He paid a cool $4,000 to have it commissioned by a local artist, and to ensure people would be able to see it morning, noon, and night, rigged it with a pair of flood lights to keep it illuminated in the dark.
Unlike the building permits, the board has no power over Pelkey when it comes to the vaguely vulgar sculpture. It's on his property, and doesn't technically break any laws. In fact, it actually falls into the category of public art.
"The Pelkeys can do what they like to exercise their free speech within the laws and regulations," said Allison Hope, chair of the Westford Selectboard in an interview with the Free Press.
To be clear, Pelkey is adamant that the sculpture is intended to insult only the people on the board with whom he takes issue, and not anyone else in the town, which has a population of around 2,000.
“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,” Pelkey said. “It is aimed directly at the people who sit in our town office.”
As for how this may all come to a resolution, Pelkey's permit appeal could be heard as early as January. Though even if he does manage to get his building plans approved, there's no telling if it'll convince him to take down the big flipping bird.
h/t Burlington Free Press