Hometown of Lucille Ball awaits new statue

Cheryl Sanders
August 8, 2016

As for the brand new Lucille Ball Statue, the official unveiling of the Statue by artist Carolyn Palmer will be at 11:30 a.m.in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. Palmer also watched multiple episodes of I Love Lucy, including one where Lucy is a sculptor and puts clay all over her face.

Hundreds of fans chanted "Lucy!" as Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost and sculptor Carolyn Palmer revealed the replacement life-size statue of the beloved I Love Lucy star during a ceremony on what would have been her 105th birthday, CNN and the Associated Press reported. Poulin's statue - dubbed the "Ugly Lucy Statue" - received worldwide notoriety in the spring of 2015 after a Facebook page entitled "We Love Lucy, Get Rid of the Statue" went viral.

What could be scarier than a Lucille Ball statue so hated that it was dubbed " Scary Lucy"?

Locals dubbed the six-foot tall bronze sculpture "Scary Lucy". Its creator, artist Dave Poulin, apologized for the work and offered to re-make the sculpture.

The new statue will no doubt come as a relief to Lucy fans and little children everywhere. Everyone joined in to sing the theme song to "I Love Lucy" and "Happy Birthday" to Ball, mobbing the sculpture and artist for a stream of selfies and portraits that stretched well into the afternoon.

Palmer said she wanted to show her subject's energy, glamour and confidence, evoking movement with her dress blowing in the wind.

The piece will sit 75 feet away from the former one, in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. But the original statue of Ball has become such a tourist attraction that it is actually being moved to a new location.

Palmer's past projects include sculptures of Pope Francis, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and Thomas Jefferson. "But overall, I just really, really hope that I please the town of Celoron, please Lucy's family and all her fans".

Palmer thanked the "salt-of-the-earth" people of Celoron.

This story has been corrected to show Jamestown is near the actress' hometown of Celoron.

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