Lucille Ball is perhaps one of the few women capable of generating headlines long after her death and the height of her fame. The latest cause for her being mentioned in the news? An eerie statue rendering of her “likeness” in her hometown of Celoron, New York. Erected in 2009, twenty years after her death, the sculptor, Dave Poulin, continues to face disparagement for his “scary” interpretation of the icon.
So tormented by his artistic error, in fact, Poulin has recently offered to “fix” the statue free of charge. Poulin stated, “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. Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision.”
Despite his offers to repair the nightmare-inducing bronze sculpture out of his own pocket, the disgruntled mayor of Celoron, Scott Schrecengost, has expressed a desire to enlist a different sculptor to repair it. Maybe they should get the bloke who did the Amy Winehouse statue this time. Then again, there’s a chance this could invoke Poulin’s suicide à la Fredric Brandt.