Last year, the world learned of a terrifying bronze statue of Lucille Ball sculpted by artist Dave Poulin. The statue has stood in a park in Ball's hometown of Celoron, New York since 2009, but an online petition calling for its removal brought the homage to center stage and earned it the nickname Scary Lucy. According to New York Upstate, another artist's statue of Ball will soon replace Poulin's sculpture, but fans of the horrific original will likely still be able to take photos with it nearby.
Initially, Poulin reportedly wanted five figures to repair his statue's face, though he later apologized and offered to fix it for free. New York Upstate reports that because the sculpture has become a popular tourist attraction, it will probably remain as is and stay in Celoron, perhaps even in the same park. "It put Celoron back on the map," town mayor Scott Schrecengost told Yahoo News. "It's kind of iconic now."
The new statue was created by Syracuse-based sculptor Carolyn Palmer, who used episodes of I Love Lucy as inspiration during the nine months she spent working on it. For those who will be in the Celoron area this summer, Palmer's statue will be unveiled on Lucille Ball's birthday, August 6. Check out some of the images of the original statue below for your future #artselfie inspiration.
[h/t New York Upstate]