Resident Gives Town the Middle Finger and There’s Nothing Anyone Can Do About It

Route 128 between Westford and Fairfax  yes, that is a seven-foot-tall sculpture of a raised middle finger, carved from a 700-pound block of pine and perched atop a 16-foot pole on the property of Ted Pelkey.

Oh, and it’s lit up at night.

Pelkey erected the provocative sculpture on Friday in protest of a long-running dispute with the town of Westford. The town’s Development Review Board denied Pelkey a permit for an 8,000-square-foot garage he wants to build on his 11-acre property. He spent $4,000 on the middle finger sculpture, carved in Vermont by an artisan he declined to name.

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