Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Marilyn Monroe statue Palm Springs


While I was reading the sign above, I wondered if anyone had bothered to proofread it.  Honestly, Palm Springs, hire someone to correct the awkward phrasing and typos and make a new sign if this is going to be a permanent installation.  The first sentence is even missing the auxiliary verb. Essentially, it states the monumental sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is by American artist Seward Johnson, who also happens to be an heir to the Johnson and Johnson fortune.  The sculpture was inspired by the legendary scene in The Seven Year Itch in which Marilyn paused over a subway grating to enjoy the cooling updraft from a passing train.

Sculpture details
Material:  Stainless steel and aluminum
Height: 26 feet tall  (just for comparison, Michelangelo's David is just seventeen feet tall, not including his pedestal)
Weight:  34,300 lbs
SewardJohnson.com

Marilyn was first exhibited in Chicago, arriving in Palm Springs May 14, 2012.

I must say, it's a startling sight to behold as you're walking through Palm Springs' downtown.







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