Monumental statue of Marilyn Monroe

Chicago, 19 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Forever Marilyn is an eight-meter-high statue inaugurated last week in Chicago. The sculptor Seward Johnson drew inspiration from the legendary scene from the Seven Year Itch, in which Marilyn Monroe is standing on a subway grate as her dress is blown up.

The dress worn by the actress in 1955 was sold for $4.6 million at an auction in June. The scene from the film is being immortalised by Johnson’s monumental sculpture.

The statue is highly elaborated and standing on a platform in the shape of a subway grate. Seward Johnson is famous for his hyperrealistic sculptures. He was born in 1930 and is also interested in painting. He specialises in bronzes, which he paints and turns into “trompe-l’oeil.” Forever Marylin, his latest creation, is part of his ICONS REVISITED series.

Forever Marilyn is being exhibited in the streets of Chicago until the spring of 2012. It will then go to its owner, The Sculpture Foundation, a non-profit making organisation promoting public access to art.