|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.