|The "new" Lucy|
|Dave Poulin's "Scary Lucy"|
The whole debacle, stretching over six or seven years, was the result of two errors of judgment. The first was the selection of the artist. Dave Poulin is not a bad sculptor. As a quick look at his many public pieces (below) attests, he is technically adept, and emotionally sensitive. But, he is not a portrait sculptor, and certainly not one up to the task of capturing the strong, highly individualistic features of a woman so instantly identifiable as Lucile Ball. The second error was the artist's selection of his source material. Certainly "Vitameatavegamin" is funny--hilarious in fact--Lucille Ball at her best. The problem is that, as many painters can attest, what works in a photo (or on TV in this case) does not necessarily translate to painting or sculpture.
|Poulin is a narrative artist, a rare talent among sculptors.|
|A beloved sculptor of beloved sculpture of beloved people.|
|Apparently Lucy is not an easy figure to capture in|
bronze as this Palm Springs sidewalk rendering
of the much-loved comedienne would suggest.