Friday, July 15, 2011
Can you guess who it is yet? Risqué 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe to be unveiled in Chicago tomorrow
Covered up for now...sort of: A worker puts the finishing touches to a 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe in Chicago
The statue, by artist Seward Johnson, replicates the actress's famous subway scene in 1955 film The Seven Year Itch and will be unveiled on Chicago's Pioneer Court tomorrow.
That pose, that dress, those erm, assets...
The 26-foot tall statue towering above tourists in the middle of Chicago could only be one person - Marilyn Monroe.
But that hasn't stopped workers, desperate to keep her identity a secret until tomorrow, placing a rather unsightly cloth bag over the poor girl's head, albeit it one in red, white and blue.
What did you do at work today darling? One man touches up the statue's under carriage with paint
In the scene Monroe stands over a subway grate as a breeze from a train passing below blows her skirt over her panties.
It was shot in New York but as the Windy City, Chicago seems like the second best location for such an art work.
You missed a bit: Well, Monroe always did have men at her feet
It will be on show through the Spring of 2012.
The stainless steel and aluminium sculpture, which weighs a whopping 34,000lbs, has raised more than a few eyebrows.
Not least because visitors to the plaza are at once confronted with Monroe's pert bottom in gleaming white panties and her perfect pins bedecked in white, open-toe kitten heels.
Spectacle: The stainless steel and aluminium sculpture, which weighs a whopping 34,000lbs, has raised more than a few eyebrows and is sure to be a tourist attraction
Men have been spotted gawping while their wives get cross and attempt to shield their eyes and lots of people have stopped to take a quick snap of the giantess before she goes public tomorrow.
Not all are happy of course. Abraham Ritchie wrote on Art Chicago Blog the statue was a 'creepy schlock from a fifth-rate sculptor that blights a first-rate public art collection.'
But the Zeller Realty Group, which owns the plaza and now its statue, wants Marilyn to make people think.
...And the real thing: Monroe cools off via the subway in front of Tom Ewell in The Seven Year Itch
'(Paul Zeller) likes to bring in things that cause a conversation,' said a spokesman from the company. 'They might be controversial, but he likes art that makes people think.'
And if that fails at least her skirt will be a good place to shelter from the rain.
30 ft. Marilyn going up on Michigan Ave.
Marilyn Monroe Subway Scene (Full)