CELERON, N.Y. (WIVB) -—Two statues of Lucille Ball, one of which was sculpted by a Nazareth College graduate, were vandalized by someone with a blue marker.
Both statues reside in salute to Ball’s legacy in her native Chautauqua County.
Police believe they have a suspect, with Town of Ellicott Police Chief William Ohnmeiss telling WNYNewsNow that a bathroom facility at Celeron Park was also damaged.
Images of the “Scary Lucy” statue, which barely resemble the comedian and beloved TV pioneer, went viral in 2015, causing enough of an uproar that a replacement statue was ordered and installed.
When 68 applicants were poured through in the process of replacing “Scary Lucy,” the sculptor chosen was none other than Carolyn Palmer, who graduated from Rochester’s Nazareth College in 1983.
Palmer says she closely watched CBS re-runs of Ball’s famed sitcom, “I Love Lucy,” for hours while deciding exactly how to depict her subject. “I wanted to give her that ‘Lucy’ attitude,” Palmer told her alma-mater in an interview.
“She’s confidently walking on her Hollywood star, playfully pulling on her stylish dress, looking totally glamorous with those long eyelashes and a string of pearls,” finished Palmer.
Palmer decided after much study of Ball’s career to depict a cheery Lucille Ball sporting a polka-dotted dress in the signature style of her sitcom character.
Palmer has been made aware of the vandalism, according to the group that began the campaign for the original “Scary Lucy,” statue to be replaced. They say Palmer will be able to repair the damage.
Palmer has expressed plans to create a book detailing the process of creating her 2016 statue of Lucille Ball. The investigation by the Town of Ellicott Police Department is nearly complete but still ongoing at this time.