I was a huge Lucile Ball fan. As a child I had this darling red and white polka dot dress I called my Lucy Dress. I would have worn it every day if Mom would have let me. Every outing started with, "You can wear anything BUT the Lucy Dress." I was so sad when I out grew it.
Recently I attended an art lecture and the topic was how an artist's career can be negatively impacted if you don't give the audience what they expect. When I heard it was about a Lucy Statue I was all ears.
In 2009, a bronze statue of Lucille Ball created by David Poulin was unveiled in her hometown of Celoron, New York. Locals and fans were far from impressed with the likeness of the much-loved actress and comedian. And it’s not hard to see why.
Some compared it to a zombie from The Walking Dead. Others said it looked more like Steve Buscemi, which seems a little a harsh on poor old Steve. The creepy statue soon became known as “Scary Lucy,” a name that has stuck to the present day.
Poulin admitted it wasn't his best work and offered to fix or replace it. In the end the town started a nationwide competition to find a new sculptor. Carolyn Palmer was selected and "Lovely Lucy" was born.
After this David Poulin stopped sculpting. He was simply tired of the whole Lucy thing: “I created 120 public works. I’ve been doing this for 27 years. People like my work. I do one piece, admittedly it was not one of my best works, and it just keeps coming up and coming up and coming up.”
It’s easy to understand his frustration, especially coming from a man who has done some powerful public works including the Underground Railroad Tableau and Veteran’s Center sculptures in Jamestown.
Just doesn't seem right some how!
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