Marilyn Monroe sculpture unveiled in Chicago

275x250.jpgA giant 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has been unveiled in Chicago.

Created by artist Seward Johnson, the work stands in a square on Michigan Avenue depicts Monroe in her most iconic pose from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

That means giant Marilyn is seen in the Windy City, standing over a New York City subway grate as her dress blows in the blowing air.

Made from stainless steel and aluminium the statue weighs a hefty 34,000lbs and will be in position until spring 2012.

FYI - posing for a photo while standing between her legs and looking up is about as original as going to Pisa and pretending to told the leaning tower up.
275x250.jpg Sculptor Johnson, 80, said: "I am trying to discover what makes an image stick with us; become something more than its one moment in time.

"Marilyn has come to represent beauty, and the white dress blowing up around her is a type of teasing sensuality."

Paul Zeller, of Zeller Realty Group, who commissioned the sculpture added: "With Marilyn, we hope to rekindle an attitude and optimism from an era that this iconic figure represents – a time when we, as a nation and a people, were proud, productive, optimistic and self-assured, if a bit mischievous.

"We seek a return to American Exceptionalism, and trust Marilyn will propel our attitudes in the right direction."

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