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Forever Marilyn bidding farewell to Palm Springs

The 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe will be leaving Palm Springs
Randy Heinitz

The 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe crafted by artist Seward Johnson will be leaving the center of Palm Springs at the end of March. Located on the corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs for almost two years, the statue has become a major tourist attraction detracting from the demolition and debris from the former Desert Fashion Plaza.

The statue weighs over 30,000 pounds and will be dismantled at the end of March after the city holds a proper send-off party on March 27th. The statue breaks down into six parts and will be shipped to New Jersey. The sculpture re-creates the famous scene from the 1955 movie "The Seven Year Itch" when Monroe's dress is blown up as she stands over a New York City subway grate.

Forever Marilyn” is on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, a charitable and educational organization dedicated to providing exhibitions and contemporary landmark public artworks for communities. The Collection, including more than 150 artists and currently valued at over fifty million dollars, is on view in urban centers, small towns, regional parks, and cultural institutions worldwide. The sculpture debuted July 15, 2011 on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois and arrived in Palm Springs in May of 2012. “Forever Marilyn” belongs to the series entitled, ICONS REVISITED.

Palm Springs will hold a free goodbye party at 6 p.m. March 27 in conjunction ith the 23rd anniversary of Village Fest. Details of the party are forthcoming.

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