‘New Lucy’ erected in Lucille Ball Memorial Park

Celeron, New York's "New Lucy" by Carolyn Palmer. (Photo: Reuters)
Celeron, New York’s “New Lucy” by Carolyn Palmer. (Photo: Reuters)

Last year I wrote about an ugly statue of Lucille Ball that existed in a park meant to honor her in her hometown of Celeron, NY (pop. 1,112). Quickly dubbed “Scary Lucy” by locals, the statue was created by sculptor David Poulin and erected in 2009 in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. Since then there’s been quite an outcry to somehow recast or change the statue.

Well, Saturday it finally happened. On what would have been Ms. Ball’s 105th birthday, the lovely “New Lucy” was erected in the park. It was created by sculptor Carolyn Palmer.

“Scary Lucy,” a tourist attraction, is still in the same park but has been moved 75 yards away.

"Scary Lucy" statue has been replaced
“Scary Lucy” statue has been replaced

A longer story about “New Lucy” appears in the New York Times.

14 thoughts on “‘New Lucy’ erected in Lucille Ball Memorial Park

  1. Scary Lucy looks like either a drag queen or a transgender woman. The new statue looks like Lucy Ricardo stepped right out of a television. It’s flattering.

    I was born in 1970; I’d like to see a statue of young Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. And since I live in Santa Barbara, that’s where I want it erected.

  2. I would never have recognized the first statue, perhaps you should use it for the post you did on “Ugly Americans”; as the ‘logo’ or whatever they call the damned things :'(
    the new statue looks so true to life almost like those ‘live statues” that one sees at railway stations, (not train stations) and around Circular Quay, also seen in London Paris Rome and NY

        1. Oh yes, now I understand. Yes, the fact that she seems ready to move any second seems a little … disturbing. Like at night, you wouldn’t want to turn your back on her.

... and that's my two cents