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Who says there are no do-overs ?

A new statue of Lucille Ball  was unveiled this weekend (August 6-7) in her a hometown in Celoron, N.Y. Unlike the old one, this one actually looks like the Lucy everyone loves.

The new life-size bronze statue was created by noted sculptor Carolyn Palmer who won a national competition (involving more than 65 sculptors) for the honor of crafting a statue that was  unveiled on Aug. 6., a day that  would have been Ball’s 105th birthday.

The new statue was commissioned to replace another sculpture unveiled just seven years ago. Critics complained the original didn’t even resemble Ball and it soon came to be known as “Scary Lucy.” Its creator, artist Dave Poulin, apologized for the work and offered to re-make the sculpture.

Public demand for a new statue started in 2012 after New York playwright Tom Andolora created a Facebook pagetitled “We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue!”

Three years later, the story of the growing number of fans joining the call for a new statue went viral, prompting Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost to organize a committee to find another sculptor to make a new statue.

Palmer says that research was key to capturing not just Ball’s movements, but also a sense of the era.

“I not only wanted to portray the playful, animated and spontaneous Lucy, but also the glamorous icon,” said Palmer. “I just hope that all the Lucy fans are pleased and that Lucille Ball herself would have enjoyed this image of her.”

As for the old “Scary Lucy”, it seems that piece of art has gained its fans too. It will still be at the park but moved to another spot. It has become an icon in itself, since people come from all over to have movies or pictures taken with it.

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