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Palm Springs stages free final farewell to Forever Marilyn monument soiree

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Heads up all Marilyn Monroe fans, Palm Springs is hosting a free farewell to the eerily life-like, 26-foot, 34,300 pound, much viewed and revered, Forever Marilyn sculpture that the city has hosted for the last two years.

The statue was scheduled to remain in Palm Springs through June 2013, or for one year, but two extensions made by the sculpture’s owner allowed it to remain in place until March 2014. It will next appear in Hamilton, New Jersey for a life-time retrospective exhibition and gala honoring its creator, 84-year old artist Seward Johnson, at the 42-acre sculpture park Grounds For Sculpture.

The party will take place March 27, 2014 at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs. In addition to bidding adieu to the iconic ‘Forever Marilyn’ work of the soiree will pay homage to the 23rd anniversary of the Village Fest.

The majestic monument was created by American artist Seward Johnson, who was inspired by a famous photograph taken by Bernard of Hollywod, the dramatic figurine is eerily realistic – especially in the skin tones. Her unique patina involves 1O layers of hues with a matte finish except for the glossy elements of her lips, toe nails and the pearlized finish on the earrings.--a passion for detail and an uncanny realism of pose often associated with Johnson’s works.

Forever Marilyn belongs to the series entitled, ICONS REVISITED. For more information about the sculpture contact info@sculpturefoundation.org. View the video for more on the iconic bombshell.

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