Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Bronze Horror Story: Scary Lucy

Happy Halloween! What a treat this year that something made from bronze is creating some Halloween buzz – and it’s terrifying!

Below is a pic of a 400-pound bronze sculpture of Lucille Ball that was unveiled in 2009 at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron, New York, Lucille’s hometown. No, that’s not an extra from The Walking Dead. That’s the famous comedienne from the ‘50’s famous for the iconic TV show, “I Love Lucy.” Doesn’t really look like her, right?

Photo courtesy of Facebook group, We Love Lucy! Get Rid of This Statue.

The creepy nature of the statue, aptly named “Scary Lucy,” has been the talk of the town for many years now, so much so that it has inspired multiple petitions to get it fixed or removed. There’s even a Facebook group titled, “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of This Statue.”

The sculptor, Dave Poulin, who has created more than 120 commissioned public sculptures, defines his work as “life size and cast bronze.” Which is definitely true for this statue. Unfortunately, Ms. Ball’s features did not translate well. According to CNN, “Poulin said he has been talking to Celoron officials for several years about removing and redoing the sculpture. It seems that cost has been the chief barrier.”

This Halloween, a haunted attraction titled, “The Haunting at The Mall” in New York will feature a live rendition of Scary Lucy. She will also carry the famous “Vitameatavegamin” bottle, but there surely won’t be any laughter from the audience.

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