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‘Forever Marilyn’ turns out to be not so forever

Throngs of tourists and locals attended a goodbye party in downtown Palm Springs last week for “Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot-tall sculpture, as it departed for its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey.

The 17-ton, three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, on display at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way since 2012, depicts Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose from the 1955 Billy Wilder movie “The Seven-Year Itch.”

The work was initially scheduled to be on an exhibit for one year, but was extended due to its popularity. At the farewell, visitors signed a giant goodbye card as a Marilyn look-alike blew kisses to the crowd. The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus serenaded the fans with the song “Goodbye Norma Jean.”

While the statue’s head, torso and legs were loaded on a truck for the cross-country sojourn, there was already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs — permanently. Some local leaders have said the artwork embodies the city’s glamorous history, and they want to purchase it.

1 Comment

  1. April 9, 2014, 12:53 am

    Would be wonderful if the Marilyn statue comes back to Palm Springs….so fitting and where Marilyn belongs! It is her State and close to Hollywood/Los Angeles, where she is from! I hope Palm Springs buys it, as it is an immensely popular tourist attraction! Marilyn is still going STRONG, almost 52 years after her passing! I LOVEEEEE her so much….ever since I was a little boy! Thank God for Marilyn! :D <3

    By: will4mm@gmail.com

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