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Statue of Lucille Ball
Type Sculpture
Subject Lucille Ball
Location Celoron, New York, United States
Coordinates 42°06′39″N 79°16′57″W / 42.11071°N 79.28256°W / 42.11071; -79.28256 (2009 statue)
42°06′38″N 79°16′56″W / 42.110646°N 79.282098°W / 42.110646; -79.282098 (2016 statue)

Lucille Ball is an outdoor sculpture of the American actress and comedian of the same name, originally sculpted by David Poulin and installed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron, New York in 2009. The statue was deemed "scary" by residents, earning it nickname Scary Lucy. In 2016, the statue was replaced by one created by Carolyn Palmer. The new sculpture is known officially as New Lucy and colloquially as Lovely Lucy.

First statue

In 2009, a statue of Ball was displayed in her hometown of Celoron. The statue depicted the climactic scene from "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" in which Ball's character Lucy Ricardo hawks the alcohol-rich patent medicine Vitameatavegamin while under the effects of heavy dosage of the tonic. Residents noted the statue's deranged, androgynous expression, which bore little resemblance to Ball, earning it the nickname Scary Lucy. The statue garnered little outside attention until 2015, when images of the statue went viral and received international media coverage. The artist discussed fixing the statue with town officials, but claimed they wanted him to do it at his own expense. In 2015, Celoron's mayor said the town was looking to hire a different artist instead.

Second statue

On August 1, 2016, it was announced that a new statue of Ball would replace the original. Carolyn Palmer was unanimously chosen out of a national competition of more than 65 sculptors. She said in a statement, "I not only wanted to portray the playful, animated and spontaneous Lucy, but also the glamorous Hollywood icon" and "I just hope that all the Lucy fans are pleased and that Lucille Ball herself would have enjoyed this image of her." On August 6, 2016, the day that would have been Ball's 105th birthday, the replacement statue was revealed.

Since Scary Lucy became a local tourist attraction after receiving media attention, it was placed 75 yards from its original location so visitors could visit both statues.

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