JAMESTOWN – The fate of the Lucille Ball statue in Celoron is still up in the air, but it appears it could have a new home in Jamestown if village officials decide they no longer want it in Lucille Ball Memorial Park.
According to TWC News, on Monday National Comedy Center chairman Tom Benson told the Celoron board of trustees that the statue would have a place in the proposed National Comedy Center in downtown Jamestown.
During his talk with the board, Benson called the statue, which was created by local sculptor Dave Poulin, a piece of comedy history that is a fitting representation of what Lucille Ball was all about, which is making people laugh,
Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost and the rest of the village board have already said that they want the statue to remain in the south county area, but have not decided on where it will finally be displayed.
The village is trying to raise money to create a new statue that more closely resembles the TV legend. The current statue has been the subject of much criticism for not looking anything like Lucille Ball and earlier this month there was a call by fans and residents to remove it from the park.
As part of the presentation and in exchange for the statue, the proposed comedy center has agreed to help the Village on raise the necessary money to build the new statue.
The board is expected to vote on the center’s offer on May 11.
To make a contribution to help in the creation of a new statue, donations can be sent to the Village of Celoron (P.O. Box 577, Celoron, NY 14720-0577), Five Star Bank or online at www.kickstarter.com, with the project title of “Lucille Ball Tribute Statue, Celoron NY.”