Hello Norma Jean: 'Forever Marilyn' Arrives In Palm Springs

By: Scott Ragan

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's passing, a 26-foot-tall statue of the Hollywood legend has moved from Michigan Avenue in Chicago to a new spot in downtown Palm Springs – the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way to be exact.

According to the LA Times, the sculpture "Forever Marilyn" was created by Johnson & Johnson heir Seward Johnson, inspired by the iconic scene from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch when a drafty New York subway grate blows the sex symbol's skirt well above her knees.

"Forever Marilyn" became a bit of a controversy while staged in Chicago, with some critics calling the skirt-blowing pose sexist, while VirtualTourist.com rated "Forever Marilyn" the No. 1 piece of bad public art. It's doubtful that any art critic will call "Forever Marilyn" an eyesore while it is displayed in the retro and kitschy atmosphere of downtown Palm Springs, where the city is busy preparing the sculpture for its unveiling on May 24 at 6pm. "She’s still being assembled. It’s taking a while because it’s been so hot, making the surface hot to touch," said Nona Watson, CEO of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Palm Springs TV station KMIR 6 was on location during the installation. Watch below for more Marilyn!

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