Forever Marilyn Says Goodbye to Chicago: Reminding Us That Nothing Lasts Forever.

Forever Marilyn Says Goodbye to Chicago: Reminding Us That Nothing Lasts Forever.
The controversial "Forever Marilyn" statue on Chicago's Pioneer Court bids adieu to the Windy City.

Chicago, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. A variety of emotions are arising with the scheduled departure of Chicago’s loved/hated controversial display of public art featuring the iconic Marilyn Monroe pose taken from the 1955 film, “The Seven Year Itch”.

The statue, by artist Seward Johnson, features a large-than-life Marilyn standing over a subway grate as a breeze from the passing train below causes her skirt to blow up and reveal her undergarments.

Visitors are able to stand beneath the statue and get a view of what–according to today’s styles–is a somewhat antiquated pair of granny style underpants–not string, not bikini, just old-fashioned “panties” that pretty much cover up her most private parts.

Why this statue has caused such outrage and controversy is somewhat of a mystery to me.  But it has and still is creating a loud buzz as it creeps some people out while it pulls other people in.

Marilyn, it seems, never stands alone as gawkers, tourists and returning visitors take pictures, peer up her skirt and generally just hang around her.

Although, I will miss Marilyn, I think it is time for her to go.  She still brings a smile to my face.  But I think we are ready for something new.

If you still haven’t seen the Forever Marilyn statue on Pioneer Court or you want to get another glimpse you’ll have to hurry.  The controversial “public art” piece comes down on Monday, May 7 before heading west to Palm Springs, California where it will be installed at the corner of Tahquitz Canyon and Palm Canyon drives by the end of this month through June 2013. It will be interesting to see how Californians react. The statue is located just south of the Tribune Tower in Pioneer Court at 400 N. Michigan.

Filed under: Public Art.

Tags: Forever Marilyn.

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