JAMESTOWN – The statue of Lucille Ball that’s garnered national and international attention in recent weeks may soon have a new home.
According to an article by Gavin Paternitti in Tuesday’s Jamestown Post-Journal, producers for the Comedy Central TV show @Midnight have expressed an interest in owning the statue.
The report says that representatives of the show were at the Celoron village board meeting on Monday and said they would help the village raise money for a new statue in exchange for the current statue being donated to the show’s studio in Los Angeles.
According to the show’s host Chris Hardwick, the Comedy Central program is recorded in the same studio that was home to I Love Lucy. The host has even started a social media campaign to raise awareness of the statue, using the hashtag #BringLucyHome.
While the board considers the offer, the PJ article also states that village officials have made the decision to commission a brand new statue through the local fundraising effort.
Last week, Celoron Mayor Scott Schregengost had initially said that the village was planning to raise money in order to “fix” the current statue – unless enough money was raised to make an entirely new one. But now it appears a new statue will be made and the original, created by Dave Poulin, will remain unchanged – although where it’s final home will be remains up in the air for the time being.
Anyone wishing to donate to the village’s statue fund can do so by making a donation to the village, Five Star Bank in Lakewood, or online via Kickstarter.com.