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Artist J. Seward Johnson II created a larger than life statue of Marilyn Monroe, called Forever Marilyn. It is a steel and aluminum structure that is 26 feet tall and weighs 17 tons. It is based on an iconic scene from the 1955 movie, The Seven Year Itch with Tom Ewell.
From the movie:
The statue was first unveiled in Chicago in 2011. It spent 2012 to 2014 in Palm Springs, CA at a temporary downtown location. We vacationed in Palm Springs in January of 2014 and personally, I was impressed by the magnitude of the statue and how it captured the movie scene on such a grand scale. All I remember hearing was how pleased folks were in having the stature and that they would be sad to see it go.
For the record, Marilyn was originally “discovered” on a visit to the Racquet Club Resort in Palm Springs in 1949. Later on, as she became famous, she vacationed in Palm Springs.
Many of the hotels and resorts in Palm Springs belong to a trade organization called PS Resorts. This being a tourist town, the organization seized on an opportunity to purchase the statue for what has been reported to be $1,000,000.
However, it has been a bumpy road. Protesters claim that the statue is “sexist, exploitative and misogynistic”. So, the question is, what do folks here think? I’ll offer my opinions a bit later.
This is Forever Marilyn just before the dedication event at her permanent location in Palm Springs, June 20, 2021:
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