(CELORON, NY) — A new Lucille Ball statue was revealed Saturday, on what would have been the late comedy legend’s 105th birthday.
The bronze figure was sculpted over the course of nine months by New Yorker Carolyn Palmer, in response to fan upset over a 2
009 statue of the iconic redhead that looked so little like her, it was almost immediately dubbed “Scary Lucy.” Palmer told ABC News that she won a national competition held by the village of Celoron, New York to create a new Lucille Ball statue.
The piece will stand 75 feet from the former one, in Lucille Ball Memorial Park.
For years, village residents and I Love Lucy fans were bothered by the first statue. “They don’t see the woman that they all love from their hometown,” Palmer said, adding she’s glad the statue will remain in the park: “I think it’s a nice story. I think it’s nice to have her still there.”
Palmer researched the Lucy project by watching episodes of I Love Lucy, including the appropriately titled “Lucy Becomes a Sculptress” Palmer also hired models to pose in 1950s-style dresses, she said.
Palmer also hired models to pose in 1950s-style dresses, she said.
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