The good news is that is it a knockoff, a replica, not the famous sculpture that had been seen in Chicago and Palm Springs for years.
The 26-foot statue is in a dump in the Guigang prefecture of southern China. The statue recreating the famous pose of Monroe as her dress is being blown up by exhaust from a subway vent in the "Seven Year Itch" movie. The Chinese version is a copy of artist Seward Johnson's "Forever Marilyn.”
The story is making international news. The headline in the UK’s Daily Mail read, “Some like it not: 26 ft-tall stainless steel Marilyn Monroe statue that took two years to make is left to languish in a Chinese tip” Tip is word the British sometimes use to refer to trash.
"It is definitely not a Seward Johnson sculpture," Paula Stoeke, director of the Sculpture Foundation told The Huffington Post. "The Sculpture Foundation was surprised to see the photo and is researching it now."
Chinese press is reporting that the Marilyn Monroe fake had been exhibited outside a Guigang business center for a half year before it was taken to a dump company this week "for unknown reasons," Reuters reported.
According to NBC, the Johnson knockoff was made by several Chinese artists over two years.
The original Marilyn Monroe sculpture was on display for two years in Chicago before it was moved to Palm Springs in 2012. It was shipped off from Palm Springs to be put on display in Hamilton, New Jersey, in March of this year. Forever Marilyn was formally unveiled in New Jersey in May, NJ.com reports.
The genuine Marilyn sculpture is in the "Grounds for Sculpture," the sculpture haven Johnson founded in 1992. Marilyn was created in an adjacent studio.
Many in Palm Springs tried to keep the statue there permanently but the city was unable to work out a deal.
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