Residents of Celoron, New York, are unhappy with this public statue of Lucille Ball (yes Lucille Ball), standing in the town of her birth.
And who can blame them?
Locals have complained that it’s “frightening” and looks nothing like her, and are now looking into fundraising options to fix it.
A Facebook page called “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue” suggested starting a GoFundMe page or a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to replace it.
“I think it looks like a monster. That is just my opinion,” the founder said. “When you see it at night, it is frightening.”
A Buffalo News columnist said, “No one here much likes the statue, and one look tells you why. It looks more like an extra from The Walking Dead than arguably the most famous comic actress of all time.”
Celoron mayor Scott Schrecengost told the local Post-Journal, “Over the past couple of years, I’ve reached out to Dave Pouli and have had at least four conversations with him about redoing the statue. He finally came back and said he wanted $8,000 to $10,000 to do it. I’ve also reached out to several other sculptors in the region, and some said they would do it, but we’re still looking at about $5,000. We’d like to work with the original sculptor and wish he would stand behind his work enough to step up and fix it for free.”
Updated: In a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, artist Dave Poulin offers to fix the statue for free.
“I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,’ though by no means was that my intent or did I wish to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image,” he writes.
“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. Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision.”