It seems the residents of Lucille Ball’s hometown want her statue removed from a local park, with many saying the “ugly” likeness of the statue even compares to a show like The Walking Dead rather than I Love Lucy!
The bronze Lucille Ball statue has been a tourist draw since 2009 for Celoron, the comedian’s birthplace, attracting visitors who pose with the statue for pictures. The comic star is frozen in time holding a bottle of her famous fictional nutrition elixir “Vitameatavegamin” from the elixir scene of the classic TV show I Love Lucy. Or at least that is how the statue was sculpted to represent, but does it?
Since the life-size bronze statue was erected in Celoron, New York, there has been an outcry over the aesthetics of the piece that has even the Mayor of the town, Scott Schrecengost, upset. He has gone on record saying he does not care for the statue,
Schrecengost has told the local Post-Journal that the Mayor has reached out to the artist over the years about redoing the statue. The artist has been asking for money to “fix” it as the Mayor told a local newspaper.
“He finally came back and said he wanted $8,000 to $10,000 to do it. I’ve also reached out to several other sculptors in the region, and some said they would do it, but we’re still looking at about $5,000,”
“We’d like to work with the original sculptor and wish he would stand behind his work enough to step up and fix it for free.”
As prominent residents of the area keep voicing their displeasure, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this piece in the media. If I were in that town I would be pretty pissed also at the way an iconic beautiful woman has been left to display for everyone to supposedly enjoy. It’s more of a joke now than an homage that it was meant to be.
“it’s deranged grimace and jagged teeth inspire more dread than reverence.” – A Buffalo News columnist
“No one here much likes the statue, and one look tells you why. It looks more like an extra from ‘The Walking Dead’ than arguably the most famous comic actress of all time,” – Colin Dabkowski
Dave Poulin the actual artist of the statue writes,
“I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,’ though by no means was that my intent or did I wish to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image.”
In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, the artist also added
“From the day of its installation, I have shared my disappointment in the final outcome and have always believed it to be by far my most unsettling sculpture, not befitting of Lucy’s beauty or my ability as a sculptor. Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision.”
As you can see the statue really does not give a very appealing image of the iconic woman who broke TV barriers. And now that the artist is willing to do some “fixing” to the creepy-faced looking sculpture it seems as if the town and Mayor don’t want the previous artist involved anymore. The statue will be removed and replaced with the help of a NEW artist!