Now here’s one from the truly freaky files. By now, most every American with basic access to cable television or a standard Internet hookup is well familiar with I Love Lucy. Even more so than her show, it’s easy to visualize images of her iconic face: it’s been almost 26 years since her death, but the groundbreaking actress and comedienne is still imminently recognizable. Therefore, it’s kind of amazing that a project like this Lucy Ball statue, which stands in her hometown of Celoron, New York, was brought to completion.
I mean, just look at it:
Yikes, right? It’s not hard to blame the citizens of Celoron for wanting to see this statue go the way of Lucy’s bon bons on the conveyer belt. In a campaign organized on Facebook, residents of the town have loudly proclaimed, “We Love Lucy, Get Rid of This Statue!” The anonymous man who started the drive summed up the reasoning behind the group’s efforts succinctly: “I think it looks like a monster. That is just my opinion. When you see it at night, it is frightening.” Even Celoron’s mayor weighed in on the controversy: “These people on Facebook need to realize that we’re all aware that the statue doesn’t look like Lucy and needs to be fixed. We’re just working on getting the funds to do that.” Apparently, fixing the statue would cost between $8,000 and $10,000, so the group is also trying to fund-raise for bronze-Lucy’s facelift.
Personally, I would love to know how this hideous creation got erected in the first place. By far the weirdest element to this bizarre story is the knowledge that artist Dave Poulin must have put on the finishing touches, nodded in satisfaction, and exclaimed, “voila, another masterpiece!” He certainly hasn’t offered to fix his work free of charge yet. Let’s hope Celoron-ites don’t have to fear letting their children stay out after dark under the murderous gaze of the Lucy statue much longer.