Scary Statue Of Lucille Ball Made Kids Cry, Then The Town's Replacement Is Finally Unveiled
LifeAspire Staff 12/20/2016
When I love Lucy first made its debut on American TV screens during 1951, no one had guessed that it would become such an integral part of American culture. The credit undeniably goes to its star, Lucille Ball, whose portrayal of the goofy yet lovable housewife, Lucy Ricardo, won over the hearts of the people one laugh at a time. The show topped the Nielsen ratings during its run until 1957 and continues to be syndication even today.
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Sharing in this American pride is the western New York village of Celoron which is the childhood home of Lucille Ball. In 2009, the town inaugurated a bronze statue of its iconic citizen as a permanent reminder of her beauty, talent, and comedic prowess. People who saw the statue however, felt a lot differently!
Although comedic genius Lucille Ball will always be remembered for making people laugh, most didn't agree that her memorial statue should be thought of as a "joke." Many claimed the statue was ugly and the opposite of everything Lucille Ball stood for. One resident even went as far as calling it scary,
"I think it looks like a monster. That is just my opinion. When you see it at night, it is frightening."
The disapproval went unnoticed for many years, until last year when all of a sudden social media gave it new wings. A Facebook page with thousands of followers refueled the disdain felt by many devoted fans of Lucille Ball. The page called for the removal of statue in favor of something that was truly representative of the real life star. The attention also promoted a response from the artist David Poulin who originally sculpted the "scary" statue.
"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. 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."
The Mayor of Celoron, Scott Schrecengost, responded to the public's plea with a commission for a new statue that would be more befitting of the comedy queen. Applications from 67 artists were closely reviewed by a special committee of fans before finally settling on Carolyn Palmer.
The new statue, fittingly called, New Lucy, was revealed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park this August on the day which would have been the star's 105th birthday. The new statue is 100% Bronze, 750 pounds life size replica of Ball wearing a polka-dot dress, a string of pearls, 3-inch heels, and with her signature curly hair.
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The artist, Carolyn Palmer pictured in red jacket above with the statue, had this to say to the reporters,
"I pretty much put my all in her and I am very happy. People gasped when she was unveiled and everyone looked so happy. I am relieved that the response has been positive. I went back to the park incognito and sat on a bench and people were there looking at her and touching her and it was great. All that work was not done in vain. I am very pleased tonight."
Here is a great video to see the revealing celebration of the New Lucy in Celeron!
Not only the residents but fans everywhere are happy with the new statue of Lucille Ball that greets them at the park. For those wondering what is going to happen to Scary Lucy, well, that statue isn't going away yet. It has been moved 75 yards down a walkway from New Lucy providing a great contrast for the visitors.
Sources:Wikipedia, Celeron NY, We Love Lucy, CNN, NY Times, Country Living FB Image Credit: Facebook/Samara Bonfiglio, Facebook/Buffalodotcom