You’ve probably seen it so many times that is has become quite a cliche already…y’know…Marilyn Monroe’s most famous pose? Still widely imitated in popular culture – and by regular folks, see the Hollywood screen goddess in all her 26-feet upskirt glory!
First spotted in Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the giant Marilyn Monroe statue can now be found in Palm Springs where in continues to bring in tourists and some curious folks to take advantage of what else, but a photo op!
The 34,000-pound sculpture, which cost about $40,000 to transport, took a week to be trucked across the country. Passersby have gotten a sneak peak this week as installers, and a few cranes, reassemble the statue at Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it will remain until June 2013.
“When we drove up to Palm Springs, we couldn’t believe it,” said Audrey Vernon, 67, who was on vacation with her husband. “It was quite impressive.” – LA Times Blogs
But the piece didn’t receive the warmest reception in Chicago during its time there and was the target of more than a few vandals and critics. Some called the undergarment-baring pose sexist, while VirtualTourist.com dubbed “Forever Marilyn” the No. 1 piece of bad public art – ahead of a “Bewitched” statue in Salem, Mass.
Several cities lined up to host the massive Marilyn when its Chicago residency wrapped, perhaps because August marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood legend’s death.
“We received many requests as far away as Tokyo and Madrid and cities in Brazil, and we really felt that Palm Springs has a special connection to Marilyn because it is the legendary play land for Hollywood,” said Paula Stoeke, the director and curator of the Sculpture Foundation, an organization funded and run by Johnson with offices in Santa Monica.- LA Times Blogs
In spite of the whole debacle about Forever Marilyn, one thing will forever remain true, no matter what size or form, people still love Marilyn Monroe!