‘Scary Lucy’ no more: Town reveals new Lucille Ball statue


People gather at the unveiling of the new Lucille Ball statue at Memorial Park in Celoron, N.Y: the late actress’s home town, Saturday. The statue, by sculptor Carolyn Palmer, replaces a previous statue of the actress that was referred to as “Scary Lucy.” The new statue is being shown as part of this year’s “Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.”


Katrina Fuller | Jamestown Post Journal via AP

Sculptor Carolyn D. Palmer prepares to unveil a new statue of Lucille Ball in Celoron, N.Y., on Saturday. Palmer was commissioned to do the statue after the public objected to the previous statue of the late actress on aesthetic reasons, often referring to it as “Scary Lucy.” Celoron was Ball’s hometown and the new statue unveiling became part of the 2016 “Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.”


Katrina Fuller | Jamestown Post Journal via AP

In this July 20 photo, artist Carolyn Palmer prepares to apply a cold patina to her bronze statue of Lucille Ball in Saddle River, N.J. The sculptor was chosen to create a replacement statue for one dubbed “Scary Lucy,” in the late actress Ball’s hometown. The much-maligned statue of Ball will be replaced after it drew worldwide attention as “Scary Lucy,” according to the mayor of the western New York village where the 1950s sitcom actress and comedian grew up and her life-size bronze has stood since 2009.


AP Photo | Mel Evans

CELORON, N.Y. (AP) — A new statue of Lucille Ball was unveiled in the late actress’ hometown on Saturday to replace one that was so hated it was dubbed “Scary Lucy.”

Hundreds of fans chanting “Lucy! Lucy!” gathered in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the western New York village of Celoron to watch as the tarp was removed from the statue made by sculptor Carolyn Palmer.

An unflattering version by another artist was banished after detractors started a Facebook campaign named, “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue.”

The earlier statue’s creator, Dave Poulin, has said that he received death threats over the likeness. He apologized, calling his sculpture “unsettling,” but his offer to redo it for free was declined.

“Well, it’s been quite a ride,” Celeroon Mayor Schrecengost said as he kicked off the unveiling ceremony. “A little over a year ago, we got beat up pretty good.”

Schrecengost said that after the controversy over the earlier statue the town was “bombarded with all kinds of artists that would like to redo the statue.” He said Palmer was “the best sculptor we could have ended up with.”

Palmer thanked the “salt-of-the-earth” people of Celeron.

The crowd applauded as Palmer and Schrecengost unveiled the bronze statue, which shows Ball in a polka-dot dress.

Schrecengost said “Scary Lucy” remains an attraction and will be given another spot in the park.

The new statue was unveiled on what would have been Ball’s 95th birthday. The beloved star’s birthday is celebrated every year with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in nearby Jamestown.

This year’s festival started Friday. Headliners include comics Trevor Noah, Lewis Black and Brian Regan.

People gather at the unveiling of the new Lucille Ball statue at Memorial Park in Celoron, N.Y: the late actress’s home town, Saturday. The statue, by sculptor Carolyn Palmer, replaces a previous statue of the actress that was referred to as “Scary Lucy.” The new statue is being shown as part of this year’s “Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.”
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_111768476-d2bb90bf83bf42808ae44ecd26bf82f2.jpgPeople gather at the unveiling of the new Lucille Ball statue at Memorial Park in Celoron, N.Y: the late actress’s home town, Saturday. The statue, by sculptor Carolyn Palmer, replaces a previous statue of the actress that was referred to as “Scary Lucy.” The new statue is being shown as part of this year’s “Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.” Katrina Fuller | Jamestown Post Journal via AP
Sculptor Carolyn D. Palmer prepares to unveil a new statue of Lucille Ball in Celoron, N.Y., on Saturday. Palmer was commissioned to do the statue after the public objected to the previous statue of the late actress on aesthetic reasons, often referring to it as “Scary Lucy.” Celoron was Ball’s hometown and the new statue unveiling became part of the 2016 “Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.”
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_111768476-eea4d5bdbad84c39a7727d43c7c00ed1.jpgSculptor Carolyn D. Palmer prepares to unveil a new statue of Lucille Ball in Celoron, N.Y., on Saturday. Palmer was commissioned to do the statue after the public objected to the previous statue of the late actress on aesthetic reasons, often referring to it as “Scary Lucy.” Celoron was Ball’s hometown and the new statue unveiling became part of the 2016 “Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.” Katrina Fuller | Jamestown Post Journal via AP
In this July 20 photo, artist Carolyn Palmer prepares to apply a cold patina to her bronze statue of Lucille Ball in Saddle River, N.J. The sculptor was chosen to create a replacement statue for one dubbed “Scary Lucy,” in the late actress Ball’s hometown. The much-maligned statue of Ball will be replaced after it drew worldwide attention as “Scary Lucy,” according to the mayor of the western New York village where the 1950s sitcom actress and comedian grew up and her life-size bronze has stood since 2009.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_111768476-5d6dae9028a6486191d333570aa2eeee.jpgIn this July 20 photo, artist Carolyn Palmer prepares to apply a cold patina to her bronze statue of Lucille Ball in Saddle River, N.J. The sculptor was chosen to create a replacement statue for one dubbed “Scary Lucy,” in the late actress Ball’s hometown. The much-maligned statue of Ball will be replaced after it drew worldwide attention as “Scary Lucy,” according to the mayor of the western New York village where the 1950s sitcom actress and comedian grew up and her life-size bronze has stood since 2009. AP Photo | Mel Evans
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