Lucy … Lucille Ball to those who don’t know that Lucy means Lucy … was born in the small town of Celoron, New York, just outside Jamestown, and, as happens with celebrities, the town wanted to honor Ball with a life-sized statue.
Now, however, they want it taken down because, well, the artist has some ‘splaining to do.
It seems that many townspeople, while loving Lucy, think the statue is an unflattering depiction of Lucille Ball, and one big Lucy fan wants it replaced by a statue more suited to the comedy legend.
“Lucille Ball was not only an amazing comedienne, but she was a stunning beauty. Her sense of humor only made her more beautiful. This statue looks nothing like the beautiful Lucy we all know. If for no other reason than that... the statue should go.” — Lucy Fan
The Jamestown man chooses to remain anonymous, but has started a Facebook page We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue.
“I don’t think this can be repaired. Take a look at the beautiful statues Nick at Nite created for ‘Bewitched’ and ‘The Honeymooners’ and Bob Newhart… it needs to be something more like those. I think it looks like a monster. That is just my opinion. When you see it at night, it is frightening.” — Lucy Fan
The fan isn’t trying to knock Dave Poulin, the artist, by any means, and says that Poulin’s other work is quite good; Lucy, sadly, is not. Poulin is not commenting at all.
Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost says it would cost between $8,000 and $10,000 to have the original artist recast the statue, which was unveiled in 2009, and he says he has no interest in using taxpayer dollars to fix it.
A fund, however, has been sat up to raise the cash.
So, that’s the statue down there … what do you think? Funny Lucy? Scary Lucy?
Oh ... and here's a Lucy statue in Palm Springs. Better?
via YahooPhoto source