Dave Poulin told The Hollywood Reporter that he will offer to create "a new beautiful" sculpture in its place after locals complained
The sculptor who created a sculpture of Lucille Ball that created an outcry in her hometown and calls for its removal is now offering to fix it for free.
Sculptor Dave Poulin tells The Hollywood Reporter he’s going to make the offer to Ball’s hometown of Celoron, New York, in response to a group of locals who created a Facebook group called “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue!”
The life-size statue of the comedy icon was erected in 2009, but Poulin admitted that he was disappointed in his work “from the day of its installation.”
“I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,’ though by no means was that my intent or did I wish to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image,” he wrote in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter.
“[I] have always believed it to be by far my most unsettling sculpture, not befitting of Lucy s beauty or my ability as a sculptor,” Poulin added. “Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision.”
The sculpture was a private commission, and Poulin admitted that he had approached the mayor of Celoron five years ago to discuss redoing the artwork.
“I am willing to put my time and money into redoing the Lucy sculpture,” Poulin wrote, adding that he is confident he can do “a much better job.”