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Lucille Ball Statue Creator Apologizes to Freaked-Out Fans

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 10:04 AM

The creator of the "scary" Lucille Ball statue that has been the source of ridicule and protest in the late actress' hometown of Celoron, New York, has apologized and offered to fix the figure for free, but the mayor there says he wants a new artist to take a shot at it.

Dave Poulin, in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, admitted that he was "disappointed" in his own creation, calling it "by far my most unsettling sculpture."

"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," Poulin, who made the 400-pound bronze statue in 2009, said in his letter.



"Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision," he continued.

Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the city initially tried to have the statue fixed shortly after it was debuted, but never had enough money. Now, Schrecengost said he has found another sculptor who is willing to repair it for less than the $8,000 to $10,000 quoted previously by Poulin.

Or, if the city can raise $20,000, Schrecengost is willing to replace the entire "Scary Lucy" statue.

While Jamestown and Celoron residents, the towns the comedian grew up in, have long complained about the statue, the issue gained national attention recently when an anonymous person created a Facebook page titled, "We Love Lucy: Get Rid of This Statue."

"The people of Celoron have erected this horrible statue of Lucy in her hometown," the Facebook page states. "It is a nightmare. We want them to replace it. Write to the Jamestown Post-Journal to let them know you are unhappy with this horrible tribute to our beloved Lucy."

The page was followed with a shower of social media commentary that often mirrored the criticism from the local community.





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The creator of the "scary" Lucille Ball statue that has been the source of ridicule and protest in the late actress' hometown of Celoron, New York, has apologized and offered to fix the figure for free, but the mayor there says he wants a new artist to take a shot at it.
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