After more than 500 hours of work and nearly 30 gallons of paint, an 1,800 square-foot I Love Lucy mural was completed this morning in Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of Lucille Ball. The small portion of the mural had been left unfinished so that artists Gary Peters Jr. and Gary Peters Sr. (pictured below) could put the final touches on their masterpiece, now the largest Lucy mural in the world.
The mural depicts the famous scene from the 110 episode of I Love Lucy, wherein Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred move from their Manhattan apartments to a new life in Los Angeles. The completion of the project comes on the sixty-first anniversary of the first air date of the iconic comedy series. Check out the photo gallery below!
Now that the painting is completed, organizers at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Desilu Studios – a year-round attraction in Jamestown — are now collecting donations to properly light the mural, so that it can be enjoyed at all hours. If you’d like to donate, you can call 716-484-0800 or drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, Jamestown also hosts the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival; this year’s performers included Billy Gardell, Paula Poundstone, Tammy Pescatelli and more. Next year’s festival will run from Aug. 1 – 4.