Lucille Désirée Ball
(August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989)
was an American comedienne,
film, television, stage and radio
actress, model, film and
television executive, and star of
the sitcoms I love Lucy, The
Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The
Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and
Life with Lucy. She was one of
the most popular and influential
stars in America during her
Her ashes were initially interred in Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery
in Los Angeles, but in 2002 her children moved her remains to the family
plot at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York, where Ball's mother,
father, brother, and grandparents are buried. Ball was among Time
magazine's 100 Most Important People of the Century.
Smallest work, Located on Post Office, 10’ x 10’, also Brick and Mortar, completed in
First installment, used 3 gallons of paint and took 4 days to complete.
Brick and Mortar
2nd Installment -
Same as Vitameatavegamin
Only work to include co-star and
husband Desi Arnaz.
Wordle~ Mind Map
-Art--Students will aesthetically generate/construct
a work from a moment taken from a television show
or performance of their choosing.
-Theater--Students will act out a choreographed
scene or performance within the classroom.
-Math-- Students will be able to create equations for
transferring small images to large areas accurately.
-History--Students will be able to discuss the
historical importance of comedy in early American
works, and provide examples.
-Fond Memories of watching reruns from
“I Love Lucy” as a child with grandparents
on T.V. Land.
-Friends with the Artist.
-My wife's stepfather purchased Lucille
Ball’s birthplace home, and his first wife
continues to reside there to this day. (69
About the Artist
Gary Peters ~
Born 1-25-1950, in Jamestown
Retired Elementary School Teacher,
taught grades 5-6 in the
Jamestown district. Gary was
also a certified art teacher. The
Stamp was his first job following
BA. Millikin University of Decauter
MA. Fredonia State of New York
Ryan Saunders and Gary
1cm. to 1 foot equation, gridded onto a computer,
projected onto butcher block paper, stenciled using a
stiletto onto the building in grids, and spray painted
through the holes onto the walls themselves creating
the pattern/design blueprint. Same concept that
provided Michelangelo the opportunity to paint the
-Buffalo Bill Cody, and his Wild West Show
advertisement for the troops historic showing in
-Roger Tory Peterson surrounded by birds. ( Nature
-Rubin Fenton ( Politician, 22nd Governor of New York)
-Robert H. Jackson ( Supreme Court Justice)
-Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner 2006-present)
Aesthetics and Pedagogy
How individuals view the installations
depends on there own experiences
with Lucille Ball, whether they have
enjoyed being entertained through
The works provide deep meaning and a
sense of pride to the city of
Jamestown, for producing individuals
of historical significance.
Lines of Inquiry
How long will the works last in terms of
How does there presence effect locals
What limitations were set for the artist?
Have these works met the expectations
of the financiers/commissioners of
What other images were considered, but
It was interesting to me that these instillations and future works are in the skilled hands or
a retired educator. Gary Peters also participates in the Jamestown city arts council, attends
downtown Jamestown Develop Corp. meetings and is a continuing advisee with the Gebby
Foundation which is responsible for the funding of Jamestown’s Lucy murals.
The murals bring attention to Jamestown’s history with Lucy and develop inquiry and
investigation within the hearts and minds of admirers and onlookers. Historically Jamestown was a
manufacturing hub and as it has many abandoned factory buildings some art on the walls really
does go a long way toward creating beauty in the city.
Lucy’s childhood home in
Celeron ( 59 Lucy Lane), Gary
Peters painted this house.
I'm happy that I have
because I have been
shown by many the
value of it in so many
lives, in so many ways.