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Tycoon's Plan for 10-Foot TV in Tony Back Yard Has Locals Ready to Pull Plug

This is not your average boob tube.

A wealthy Southampton venture capitalist is planning to erect the television set from hell in the back yard of his posh, hedge-lined mansion -- a 10-foot-tall, $200,000 behemoth that's causing some upset locals to fear a drive-in movie is coming to town.

The contractors submitted a plan to town officials for the titanic TV earlier this month, and will have to get approval from the zoning board before it goes up on property belonging to Christopher Burch, the ex-hubby of fashion designer Tory Burch.

The proposal says the screen will stand on posts nearly three feet off the ground and feature a series of LED monitors that will combine to make a 10-foot-high, 16-foot-9-inch-wide high-definition screen.

It will be designed to last 10 years and will be placed in a patio in his back yard so that it can even be comfortably viewed from a nearby bedroom. A remote-control metal door will protect the set from the elements.

Scott Casselman, a rep for the screen's maker, Multimedia LED, insisted that the TV will not be used to create the ultimate man-cave -- it would be put solely to the highbrow pursuit of displaying images of famous art works.

"How beautiful would it be to have a Monet in your back yard?" he said.

Despite the artistic intentions, the screen will still be able to show movies, TV and the Internet. In the submitted proposals itself, conceptual pictures of the screen show it displaying scenes from the film "Avatar" -- which are so big you could feel like you are riding on the back of a banshee yourself.

The prospect of the screen turning the tony neighborhood into one perpetual Super Bowl party had some local officials balking at the idea.

"I'm totally against it," said Southampton village building inspector Jonathan Foster. "It's not going to fly. A drive-in movie theater screen like that? I know that TVs have gotten bigger, but this is, 'oh, wow.' "

He also scoffed at the idea that the screen would just be used for art.

"You see a broken toilet in a museum nowadays and they call it art," he sniffed.

Click to read more on tycoon's gigantic television at NYPost.com

 

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