“Scary Lucy,” the nightmarish bronze statue of Lucille Ball that became the center of international interest last month, came one step closer to being replaced this week, thanks to a $20,000 donation to the town from a Massachusetts businessman, according to the Jamestown Post-Journal.
The newspaper said the donation came from Ernie Boch Jr., the president and CEO of Boch Enterprises – a collection of New England car dealerships analogous to Billy Fucillo’s auto empire in upstate New York.
“I had tremendous affection for Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Lucille Ball was so talented and iconic that I’m delighted to give the village of Celoron the best statue they deserve,” Boch told the Post-Journal.
Though Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost previously suggested the town had a sculptor lined up to execute the new piece, he told the newspaper that it is forming a committee to review submissions and proposals the town has received from other sculptors. The original statue was created by Dave Poulin, who owned up to its poor quality and offered to make a new sculpture.
The town turned down his offer, later fielding a request for the statue from the Comedy Central show @Midnight and finally agreeing to lend it to the soon-to-be-constructed National Comedy Center in Jamestown.