It was just announced that the 25-foot-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe currently found along Michigan Avenue will be removed on Monday. I couldn't be happier. I've been a fan of many of the sculptures that have been placed in Pioneer Plaza, but I think this one was absolutely terrible.
"Forever Marilyn," unveiled in July 2011, is based around Monroe's iconic "Seven Year Itch" subway grate moment. However, during the famous scene she bashfully tries to hold down her dress, and "Forever Marilyn" was designed to give viewers the opportunities to look up her skirt and see a pair of white panties.
The artist, Seward Johnson, said he wanted to spark conversation. It really just seems like he designed it to give tourists a place to take crude photos between the screen icon's legs.
And I'm not the only one who thinks the statue is bad. VirtualTourist.com actually ranked it as the number one worst piece of public art in the world. Not only do they agree that the exposed panties are tacky, but the location is completely wrong - "Seven Year Itch" took place in New York City.
As an ultimate insult to Marilyn Monroe's legend and proof of how gross this statue is, the statue was vandalized repeatedly. Once, someone splashed red paint on the legs.
Thankfully, "Forever Marilyn" will be removed on Monday and transported to non-profit agency The Sculpture Foundation. I hope the next piece of art has a bit more class.