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 Marilyn Monroe statue: 26-foot likeness unveiled in Chicago

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MessageSujet: Marilyn Monroe statue: 26-foot likeness unveiled in Chicago   Sam 16 Juil 2011, 14:04

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Published: Friday, July 15, 2011, 6:37 PM


CHICAGO -- Marilyn Monroe's billowing skirt shows it's possible to catch a nice breeze in the Windy City.

As dozens of people watched Friday, a 26-foot-tall sculpture of Monroe in her famous pose from the "The
Seven Year Itch" was unveiled on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. In the movie, a draft catches Monroe's
dress as she passes over a subway grate.

Many in the crowd that descended on the plaza throughout the day -- including a tuxedo-clad wedding
party -- wasted little time positioning themselves under the movie star's dress to catch a subway-level
view and take pictures with their cell phone cameras. Not that Monroe, her 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
came around the side and back of the sculpture and saw honest-to-goodness lace panties on the movie
icon. The film scene and photographs taken from it left much more to the imagination than artist Seward
Johnson's sculpture.

"I would have expected to see something flat there, and we wouldn't see her undergarments," said
Trisha Feely, 41, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. "It's a little intrusive."

"It reveals what everybody was always thinking," said her husband, Terry Feely, 42.

Chicago has a history of public art displays, including a herd of fiberglass cows that lined Michigan
Avenue some years back. The plaza where Monroe will be stationed until next spring was the home a
few years ago to another Johnson sculpture: the equally iconic, though far less glamorous, farmer and
his spinster daughter from Grant Wood's "American Gothic."



Scott Olson/Getty Images
Nick Valenza helps to put some finishing touches on ''Forever Marilyn'', a sculpture by Seward
Johnson,on July 14, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The stainless steel and aluminum sculpture which stands 26
feet tall and weighs 34,000 pounds will be unveiled tomorrow and remain on display in

Chicago through the spring of 2012. The sculpture was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's iconic scene in the
1955 movie "The Seven Year Itch."



The Monroe sculpture isn't even the first piece of public art that people can stand under and look up at --
though nobody who visits the Picasso a few blocks away quite knows what they're seeing.

Marilyn, though, is a different story.

"Thank God, she has panties," said Wanda Taylor, voicing the relief of a mother who wouldn't have to
spend the next several hours answering questions from her 9-year-old son, Kendall Sculfield. "They're
clean and white, so I'm happy."

In fact, just about the only ones who weren't happy with the view were Kendall and his 11-year-old
buddy Raymond Qualls -- who made sure everybody understood that when he took his picture, it was
from the front of the sculpture and not behind or under it.

"I think her dress should be down," said Kendall, as Raymond nodded in agreement.

Trisha Feely suggested someone else would agree with the boys: Monroe's ex-husband, baseball star Joe
DiMaggio.

"I wonder what he would think," she said.

But 52-year-old Pam Jennelle, of Orlando, Fla., couldn't understand how anyone could be offended or
uncomfortable with the sculpture.

"They're perfectly proper white lace panties," she said.

Besides, she said, the sculpture, particularly the look on Monroe's face, captured the magic that people
still feel a half century after the movie star's death.

"She's beautiful," she said. "How can you not love Marilyn Monroe?"


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