Monroe Statue In Chicago
July 16, 2011 by USA Post
Monroe Statue In Chicago, Marilyn Monroe billowing skirt shows that you can take a nice breeze in the Windy City. As dozens of people watched Friday, a sculpture of 26 feet of Monroe’s famous pose of “The Seven Year Itch” was launched on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. In the movie, catch a draft Monroe dress as she passes over a subway grate.
Many in the crowd that descended on the square throughout the day – including a wedding party dressed in a tuxedo – lost little time position in the dress of the movie star to take a subway to eye level and take pictures with their cameras cell phones. Not that Monroe, eyes closed and a sublime smile on her face, seemed to notice.
Some of those who took pictures of the sculpture called “Forever Marilyn” were surprised when they arrived at the back of the sculpture and saw honest to goodness lace underwear on the icon of the film. The scene of the film and photographs taken from the left much more to the imagination that the sculpture artist Seward Johnson.
Almost the only people who were not happy with the point of view, Kendall and his 11-year-old partner Raymond Qualls – who made everybody understands that when he took his photo, which was from the front of the sculpture and not behind or under it.
“I think the dress should be down,” Kendall said, as Raymond nodded.
The sculpture, especially Monroe’s face, capturing the magic that people still feel a century and a half after the death of movie star, said 52-year-old Pam Jennell, Orlando.
“She’s beautiful,” he said. “How can you not love Marilyn Monroe?”
Chicago has a history of public art displays, like a herd of fiberglass cows that lined Michigan Avenue for some years. The square where Monroe will be parked until next spring was home to a few years ago another sculpture of Johnson. “American Gothic”, the same icon, though far less glamorous, the farmer and his unmarried daughter of Grant Wood
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