Chicago Says Farewell to the “Forever Marilyn” Monroe Sculpture

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Chicago says farewell to the “Forever Marilyn” Monroe Sculpture that towers 26 feet over The Windy City on the Magnificent Mile. Chicagoans will only have a few more days to peek under Marilyn Monroe’s skirt. The 25-foot-tall statue of the iconic actress is slated to leave its spot along Chicago’s. in her famous pose from the film

Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

Marilyn Monroe in Chicago Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

Chicago‘s Windy City has immortalized Marilyn Monroe with a mammoth 26 foot, 17 ton sculpture by Seward Johnson on Michigan Avenue. The bronze and stainless steel sculpture depicts in a pose from “The Seven Year Itch” with Tom Ewell. The sculpture is next to the Tribune Tower and is managed by www.sculpturefoundation.org.

Who could resist taking photos of the fabulous sculpture. The 2011 sculpture is based upon the photo of Hollywood’s bombshell, Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway vent  in the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch“. This  American film is based on a three-act play by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder and starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. I also love Seward Johnson‘s “Unconditional Surrender” Sculpture in San Diego.

Chicago’s “Forever Marilyn” sculpture depicts one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Marilyn’s is standing on a subway grate as her white dress  is blown above her knees by a passing train. It’s humorous and interesting to see that most people in my Windy City want to look under her dress when getting their picture taken.

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was born in 1926 and raised as Norma Jeane Baker. She spent much of her childhood in foster homes. Marilyn Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. She died on August 5, 1962.

Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

The 17-ton Forever Marilyn” in the Pioneer Plaza on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile has attracted many visitors, some controversy and even vandalism.

How times have changed; there’s no thong for Marilyn Monroe. She’s wearing gramma undies!  The sculpture sill stay in Chicago until the Spring of 2012.

If you’re downtown, stop and take a photo with Marilyn in the Windy City before she moves on May 7, 2012. The statue will be transported to The Sculpture Foundation, a non-profit agency that promotes public access to art.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

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