A 26ft sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her most famous pose has been unveiled on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
The actual white dress worn by Monroe in the scene from director Billy Wilder’s film that helped make her a screen legend sold for $4.6m (£2.8m) at an auction last month of Hollywood costumes and props collected by film star Debbie Reynolds
Some of those who took pictures of the sculpture called “Forever Marilyn” were surprised when they went round behind her.
This cheeky tourist couldn’t resist a peek
“I would have expected to see something flat there, and we wouldn’t see her undergarments,” said Trisha Feely.
“It’s a little intrusive.”
But 52-year-old Pam Jennelle, of Orlando, Florida, could not understand how anyone could be offended or uncomfortable with the sculpture.
“They’re perfectly proper white lace panties,” she said.
The area is known for unusual public art displays.
Years ago, Michigan Avenue was lined with fiberglass cows.
And in the same square where the Monroe statue now stands, another sculpture by the same artist, Seward Johnson, was put up – a tribute to the grim-faced farmer and daughter of Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting.
The Marilyn Monroe statue will stand until next spring.
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