Vermont Man Frustrated With Local Officials Erects Middle Finger Sculpture In Yard

December 11, 2018


This is a shot of the ~5-foot tall wooden middle finger sculpture that 54-year old Ted Pilkey of Westford, Vermont erected atop a 16-foot pole in his yard after local officials repeatedly rejected his applications to build a large garage on his property for his automotive and monofilament recycling businesses. Some more info while I build an entire wooden fence of middle fingers around my house:

"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," the 54-year-old Westford native says of his fellow residents in the 2,000-person town. "All the people are very good people."

With the exception, Pelkey says, of the Westford Selectboard, Development Review Board, and other town leaders, who have blocked his efforts to get a permit to build the 8,000-square-foot garage, so he could move his truck repair and monofilament recycling businesses in nearby Swanton to his own property.

Officials say Pelkey's applications have fallen short of the town's standards, but he thinks they're biased against him...

Hmm, I'm not really sure about all this sub-standard application and biased business, but I do admire Ted's gumption. Granted the giant middle finger probably isn't going to help him make any friends on the development review board, but I've always been a huge fan of burning bridges out of spite with the intention of building a hovercraft even though I know I'm nowhere near capable.

Keep going for a closeup of the middle finger before it was mounted.


Thanks to Jeffrey S, who agrees we all deal with disappointment in our own ways.

  • heretikeen

    Welcome to the Age of Trump. Civilisation is so outdated.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    I applaud the guy, but I fear for him. Thanks to the ridiculous civil system we have in place, I can just see the city serving him with a notice to remove the finger due to either some code violation, or they'll label it as offensive speech, or some other nonsense. When he refuses, they'll just impose a fine on him for every day that the piece remains in place and he'll be required to pay that fine until he either removes it or takes it to court, which could take a long time to achieve. Freedom of expression, until the people in power aren't happy with what you're expressing. Good luck, Mr. Pilkey.

  • Bling Nye

    Fear not! They can't touch him on it, even if they wanted to. It's considered "public art" and protected "free speech". They can't do shit about the middle finger.

    "Pelkey said that finding out that the sculpture was considered “public art” was the “most wonderful thing I’ve ever been told in my life.”"

  • I need a spring-loaded version of this that's triggered when someone knocks on my front door.... ;-)

  • Nicholas Conrad

    With stories like this, I can't understand why the Libertarian party isn't sweeping the nation; Smh.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I genuinely wonder what "applications have fallen short of the town's standards" means. Is he gonna build the garage out of feces or something?

  • Bling Nye

    “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,'”

    Gotta love decisions made in a bar. He even apparently payed about $4,000 for it. HAhahaha

    And they can't make him take it down, "Pelkey said that finding out that the sculpture was considered “public art” was the “most wonderful thing I’ve ever been told in my life.”" HAAAHAHAHAHA


  • GeneralDisorder

    The first amendment doesn't just protect speech. It's all forms of expression (assuming your preferred form of expression isn't to take away someone else's constitutionally protected rights because that's not protected).

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