Marilyn Monroe in Chicago

Upon my return from China and South Korea I was surprised by the new addition to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.  Marilyn Monroe stands 26 feet above the crowd.  Every time I pass people are taking their picture iwth her.  On an architectural tour the docent said the statue was meant to start discussion–that it did.  “Travel website’s travel picks:  top ten places with bad public art,” Chicago is first on the list.


“Forever Marilyn” by Seward Johnson

People are engaging with art, it isn’t permanent, the piece was meant to start conversation and was successful.  I am a bit confused by Marilyn being in Chicago but I’m not bothered by it.

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