Monday, July 18, 2011

Magnificent (Mile) Marilyn

See her? Right there in the middle of the picture? She's dressed in white and attracting viewers just as she did in 1955 after coming out of a Manhattan movie theatre in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH co-starring with Tom Ewell. Yes, it's Marilyn Monroe. This time, she is a 26 foot sculpture by Seward Johnson. On Friday, she was unveiled at Pioneer Court just north of the Michigan Avenue bridge on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. And I knew I had to drag Wes along with me to see her. Apparently many others had the same idea! Yes, she does show some fancy under-garments. Modest by today's standards, thank goodness, but I still felt a little embarrassment looking up there. She brings a smile to your face as you see hers. Just like a real girl, her pedicure is showing a little wear and tear from all the traffic. In my estimations, one toe is about the size of a woman's foot, if not longer.
Loyal blog readers and co-workers might remember that in 2007 I "channeled" Marilyn for the Ms. Millennium pageant and won. (Go to the
December 20, 2007 for a refresher.) And head on downtown for a glimpse of this most intriguing sculpture. Art for art's sake, anyone?


Alli said...

Aw, this is right in front of the building I used to work in! Very cute.

Katie said...

Here's the exact link to your Marilyn:

Timi + Andrew said...

Deb- I just read about this today on a Hungarian website and saw the photos too!
Amazing! I think it is a bit silly to be able to see her panties but I guess I just can`t be `narrow`-minded.

Hope all is well!


Timi + Andrew said...

Also, I am wondering what Marilyn herself would think of this sculpture? Wouldn`t you want to know?

Anne Bassett said...

Call me ignorant, but I didn't know they were creating such a statue downtown! Wow-sers!