Community members and a group of 50 museum visitors gathered to be a part of Jamestown history on Monday morning as Gary Peters Jr. and Gary Peters Sr. put their finishing touches on the largest ‘I Love Lucy’ mural in the world.
A portion (a heart-shaped coat button) of the mural had been previously left unfinished so it could be completed on October 15th, the 61st anniversary of the first airdate of ‘I Love Lucy’. The image of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred on the mural is from the iconic ‘I Love Lucy’ episode, ‘California, Here We Come!’
Over 500 man hours were put in by both Gary Peters Jr. and Gary Peters Sr. to paint the 1,800 square foot portrait over Brooklyn Square in downtown Jamestown. Almost 30 gallons of paint were required (some of which were donated by the local Sherwin Williams store) and there are various hidden ‘I Love Lucy’ messages in the mural, including the mural scene’s episode number, 110.
This was the fifth ‘Lucy’-related mural completed by Gary Peters Sr. and Gary Peters Jr. in Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York. The first ‘Lucy’ mural in Jamestown was completed 12 years ago, and this most recent mural is being completed on the heels of ‘I Love Lucy’ being voted as Greatest TV Show and Greatest TV Comedy of all-time in the nationally-televised Barbara Walters’ special, ‘The Best in TV – The Greatest Shows of Our Time.’
Lucy fans can also help make the lighting of the first colorized ‘I Love Lucy’ mural possible by becoming a ‘Mural Luminary’. By donating towards the illumination project, fans will directly support the lighting of the mural. The names of these ‘Mural Luminaries’ will be listed at www.lucy-desi.com. To make a donation, contact 716.484.0800 during normal business hours or e-mail email@example.com.
To view photos of the event online, visit the Lucy Desi Center’s Facebook page.