‘Scary Lucy’ Statue Caused Quite a Reaction--Now ‘Glamorous Lucy’ Bust Produces a Joyous Sensation! Paula Slater, who specializes in bronze portraits and monuments, just completed a beautiful portrait sculpture of Lucille Ball that has reached an overjoyed audience and is going viral on the internet
BigNews.Biz - Jun 02,2015 - Internationally known bronze portrait and public/National Monument sculptor, Paula B. Slater, just debuted a exquisitely detailed portrait bust of a glamorous Lucille Ball. This portrait is in stark contrast to the much maligned ‘Scary Lucy’ statue located in Celoron Park, New York, which was created by another sculptor. The facebook page ‘We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue’ brought wide attention to the less than attractive bronze statue in Celoron and demands have grown for a replacement.
Slater says she took time out from her busy sculpting schedule to sculpt the clay portrait bust of a lovely Lucy (which will be cast in bronze). She referenced glamor shots of Lucille Ball from her early years as a model and actress, before her fame as a comedienne in the hit television series ‘I Love Lucy’. For more information and photographs please visit http://www.PaulaSlater.com
When asked why Slater chose to sculpt this particular image of Lucille Ball, she replied, “After seeing photographs of the “Scary Lucy” statue with its “zombie-esque eyes”, I just had to sculpt away that image and create an elegantly beautiful version of her. Lucy was a truly gorgeous woman and I felt she deserved to be remembered as a great beauty. I wanted to capture that dreamy far-away look she had in so many of her modeling glamour shots. As one gentleman commented on facebook, “I wonder if Lucy realized just how beautiful she was?’
Like millions of people, I grew up watching the zany comedian on ‘I Love Lucy’ and if I were to sculpt a public portrait bronze of Lucy, it would be of the comedic red-head. But this bust was sculpted for my own collection and enjoyment, so I wanted to pay tribute to Lucy, who was more than just a famous comedienne, she was also a wonderful mother, business woman and had the face of an angel. I think Lucy is happily smiling in heaven to be remembered this way!”
When the owner of ‘We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue’ facebook page saw the portrait bust of Lucille Ball, she messaged Slater, “Paula… It’s beautiful! Wow! Thank you for the wonderful job you have done. It’s a lovely representation of our Lucy.” She then shared Slater’s sculpture of Lucy on her facebook page and within a day it went viral with over 750 likes, 120 shares and thousands of views. Lucy lovers have been aching for a beautiful portrait sculpture of her.
And as for the “Scary Lucy” bronze statue by Dave Poulin? All the negative attention it received actually resulted a certain amount of fame. The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y. asked the Village of Celoron to loan them “Scary Lucy’. Celoron agreed to do so as soon as they have a new bronze statue of Lucy created to replace it. The following statement is from the National Comedy Center, “We are excited to embrace the statue (Scary Lucy) in a different light; not as a likeness of Lucille