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“Forever Marilyn” Sculpture, Palm Springs, CA

101 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
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Marilyn Comes Home

Walking around downtown Palm Springs, we were stopped in our tracks by 26 feet and 17 tons of steel and aluminum: Forever Marilyn by artist Seward Johnson. Even if you haven't seen The Seven Year Itch, this cinematic moment has been an icon for decades, and now it's in 3-D, back where Marilyn Monroe's career began. (When she was in her early 20s, she was 'discovered' by a Hollywood agent at a racquet club here in this Southern California oasis.)

The sculpture debuted in downtown Chicago a couple of years ago, arrived in Palm Springs last year, and will remain on display here until June 2013.

Is it monumental, or kitschy? A celebration, or an indictment of celebrity-worship? Sympathetic or exploitative? Whimsical or voyeuristic? (And no, my wife and I did not pose under the legs for a snapshot.)

Check it out--in the park at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way; you can't miss her.