Community members and a group of 50 museum visitors gathered Monday as Gary Peters Jr. and Gary Peters Sr. put their finishing touches on the largest 'I Love Lucy' mural in the world.
A heart-shaped coat button of the mural had been previously left unfinished so it could be completed on Oct.15, the 61st anniversary of the first air date 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!'
More than 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.
The mural is the fifth 'Lucy'-related mural completed by Gary Peters Sr. and Gary Peters Jr..
Lucy fans can also help make the lighting of the first colorized 'I Love Lucy' mural possible by becoming a 'Mural Luminary'. By donating toward the illumination project, fans will support the lighting of the mural. The names of these 'Mural Luminaries' will be listed at www.lucy-desi.com. To make a donation, call 484-0800 during normal business hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.