Friday, April 10, 2015

They Do Love Lucy ... Just Not Like This

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 Yahoo
Photo source
Celoron Statue
Palm Springs

9 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

I do not see Lucy in the first statue.

Bob Slatten said...

I heard someone say it looks like Bing Crosby.
That's an insult to Der Bingle, too!

Raybeard said...

If 100 random people were presented with the first picture, not knowing who it was supposed to depict, though being aware of what L.B. had looked like, I doubt if even one of them would have identified it correctly. The second is far better, yet still not quite 'there'.

I see, incidentally, that the second has had a lot of people sitting on her lap. Her 'dress' on the thigh is just about threadbare!

Helen Lashbrook said...

Lucille Ball was hardly beautiful; funny and vivacious but not beautiful.

Having said that the statue looks more like a zombie; the mayor should have complained at the time

Mitchell is Moving said...

I never much liked the Lucy statue in Palm Springs, but when I saw what was erected in Jamestown, I was stunned. I hate to be unkind to an artist, but I've looked at his portfolio online and I'm not a fan.

anne marie in philly said...

melt both of them down!

Susan said...

What AM said. I wouldn't guess either was her.

Frank said...

I've never been a Lucy fan but I think neither does her justice. Actually the first one is hideous, the second one mediocre.

Anonymous said...

Lucille ball was most certainly beautiful. She was a fashion model and a Hollywood glamour queen during the Golden Age.