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Chicago’s Giant Marilyn Monroe Statue is Moving to California

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Almost as soon as we learned that Chicago’s oft-ridiculed giant statue of Marilyn Monroe would be leaving Pioneer Court on Monday following a tumultuous ten-month tenure, we began to wonder where it would be headed next — dreading, of course, that its second home might be in New York City. Fortunately for us, but less so for the inhabitants of Palm Springs, Seward Johnson’s “Forever Marilyn” is headed west.

Next month the 26-foot-tall sculpture of Monroe permanently frozen in her iconic pose with her dress being blown up will be installed at the intersection of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs, NBC Chicago reports.

The intersection’s most prominent features include a Starbucks, a public library, and the Palm Springs Museum of Art. Though “Forever Marilyn” will presumably be installed at one of the latter, she’d certainly go well with a latte too.

Johnson’s sculpture will remain on view in the southern California town until June 2013.

— Benjamin Sutton

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