Chicago, Sunday, July, 17, 2011. The 26-foot "Forever Marilyn" sculpture which was unveiled last Friday on Chicago's Pioneer Court has become the target of controversy. "Sexist", "creepy", "wrong", "bad taste", "porn", decry many. Others say, "I think it's really neat", "I love it", "It's fun", "Outrageous, in a good way". Around the globe people are weighing-in with their opinions on the statue by artist Seward Johnson. Even the "Wall St. Journal", still spinning from their hacking controversy, adds their two cents worth labeling it "an overused cultural icon that triggers a gag reflex". London's "Daily Mail" poses the question: "Work of art or a pervert's paradise?"
Love it or hate it, people are ogling, googling and and debating about the almost 3-story replica of Monroe's famous subway grate scene from the 1955 movie, "The Seven Year Itch."
In his Perspective Thursday night, CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson embraced the sculpture as a "welcome addition to the Mag Mile...just when we need it, a smile on that mile,” he quips.
On the other side of the brouhaha, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich lambasted it “as tawdry as a peep show”.
Film actress and 1950's sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, who died under mysterious circumstances on August, 5, 1962 at the age of 36 and would have turned 85 last month, has been born again on Chicago's Mag Mile. If nothing else, she's taken our mind off the economy, the debt ceiling debate and flash mobs. And no matter how one may feel about the "Forever Marilyn" statue--it is doing what public art is intended to do--to get us talking. As the debate heats up along with our Chicago summer, I wonder--what would Marilyn think? While we're looking up is she looking down?
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