In just one year, the 26 foot statue of Marilyn Monroe that has stood at the corner of Palm Canyon drive and Tahquitz has helped jump-start the 100 million dollar revitalization of downtown Palm Springs. If you want to see the giant Marilyn, better hurry out to Palm Springs now, as sadly she is soon leaving for another destination.
The giant creation of ‘Forever Marilyn’ by American artist Seward Johnson is a transient work of art, meant to travel America just as Marilyn did. It debuted in Chicago in 2011, and came to Palm Springs in 2012 to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of her passing. Marilyn was a frequent visitor to Palm Springs, and this was the perfect place for her statue. Marilyn’s iconic pose over the subway in Billy Wilder’s 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, was never captured more brilliantly.The best time to catch a view is early in the day. Her radiant face and billowing skirt mix well with the serene backdrop and stillness of the silent mountain landscape behind her.
Marilyn will be missed, and Palm Springs should try to establish another “grabbing attraction” to it’s downtown scene. Perhaps some local artist could contribute another tribute to Marilyn somewhere near the new construction.Palm Springs has long been the place for Hollywood stars to escape from ‘Hollywood’. The rest of us would like to see some more memories of those icons who did.
For additional facts about ‘Forever Marilyn’ and her future travels, go to sewardjohnson.com.