The sculptor who created a frightening rendition of Lucille Ball back in 2009 is now offering to fix it for free.
Artist David Poulin wrote in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter, “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,” calling the statue, “by far [his] most unsettling sculpture.”
The sculpture was privately commissioned and then publicly displayed in Ball’s hometown of Celoron, NY. Since its installation, the statue has upset many a resident and sparked the creation of a Facebook group (“We Love Lucy! Get Rid of This Statue”) demanding its removal.
“From the day of its installation, have shared my disappointment in the final outcome and 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 wrote. “Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision.”
Poulin is now offering to refurbish the statue on his own dime. Let’s just hope people will love the new Lucy.