‘Forever Marilyn’, by Seward Johnson, was erected in July 2011 near Chicago’s Tribune Tower.
The statue, under which passers-by can freely gaze up the screen siren’s skirt, recently ranked No. 1 on Virtual Tourist’s top ten list of worst public art.
And the stainless steel and aluminium sculpture, which stands at 26 feet tall and weighs a whopping 34,000lbs, has raised more than a few eyebrows. Not least because visitors to the plaza are at once confronted with Monroe’s pert bottom in gleaming white panties and her perfect pins bedecked in white, open-toe kitten heels.
It has now been moved to Palm Springs, where I am sure people can hide from the sun instead of the rain now.
I bet the statue is going to throw a lot of shade….