The town of Palm Springs is all a buzz with the arrival of a twenty-five foot pop art sculpture that arrived in three semi-trucks. “Forever Marilyn” is constructed of aluminum and stainless steel by installation artist, Seward Johnson. Her pose is from the famous subway grate scene in the film, The Seven Year Itch, by director Billy Wilder. A grand unveiling on May 24th, brought hundreds to the high desert area to celebrate her arrival. After spending a year in Chicago, Marilyns legs and backside will welcome the 100 degree plus temperatures that we have experienced.
The sculpture has been the talk of many news programs all across the country drawing attention to the Palm Springs area. June 1st would have been her 86th birthday. The anniversary of her death is August 5th. She once said, “I’m not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”
Marilyn will reside in the area for a year and then move on. I can only imagine the sadness that will blanket the town when that day comes.