‘Walking Figure’ sculpture at Gabreski Airport turns heads in Westhampton Beach

The statue looks like a woman walking and is sure to elicit some double-takes. (6/10/14)

HAMPTONS - The East End's latest public art installation is turning some heads in Westhampton Beach.

The 30-foot aluminum sculpture, called "Walking Figure," is the centerpiece of a new business park that is being built at Gabreski Airport.

The piece, designed by Manhattan-based artist Donald Baechler, is supposed to represent forward motion, but some residents aren’t so sure about its meaning and question whether it is art.

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The village of Westhampton Beach says it has been getting a lot of calls about the sculpture, although technically the property is zoned by the town of Southampton.

The developer of the business park says they weren't trying to create a controversial piece of art, but they do welcome all the discussion.

“Of course it's artwork. People have their opinions and it causes discussion and that's what art is all about,” says developer Mitchell Rechler.  

Rechler says landscaping around the statue should be complete in a few weeks. The business park will be built over the coming years, he added.

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