CELORON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Once deemed an eyesore and an insult to a famous western New York talent, a statue of Lucille Ball, which was regarded as poorly constructed, is now being regarded as a comedy icon.
The Celoron Village Board voted unanimously Monday to move the statue to the upcoming National Comedy Center which is being built in Jamestown. The statue was originally put in Celoron — Lucille Ball’s place of birth — after a local artist donated the piece.
“This piece of comedy history has made millions of people laugh since going viral, and we look forward to working with the board of Celoron to find creative ways to showcase it in Comedy Center Park and the upcoming National Comedy Center,” officials from the group behind the National Comedy Center said.
Officials from the National Comedy Center say they reached out to the Celoron Board to ‘adopt’ the statue after it became popular. They say it appropriately remembers Ball, as she also made it her goal to make people laugh, and still is through her television shows and the likeness which isn’t all too like her.
The National Comedy Center will break ground this year and is expected to be completed by August 2016.