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'Scary Lucy' Statue Caused Quite a Reaction--Now ‘Glamorous Lucy’ Produces a Joyous Sensation!
Slater says she took time out from her busy sculpting schedule to sculpt the life size portrait bust of a lovely Lucy (clay to 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 that image out of my head 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 a famous comedienne, she was first and foremost 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 bust 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 were hungry 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 in 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 Ball, but as a tribute to what she was all about - making people laugh. This piece of comedy history has made millions of people laugh since going viral on the internet.”
Paula Slater, Paula Slater Sculpture