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Marilyn Monroe Statue Visits Chicago

Updated on September 16, 2012

Marilyn Smiles in Chicago

Walking along the Magnificent Mile during a weekend trip to Chicago the iconic Marilyn Monroe appeared on the sidewalk. At 26 feet tall she was hard to miss despite the skyscrapers surrounding her. Seeing a larger than life statue of Marilyn was interesting and fun because I'd only seen her in movies and books. Artist J. Seward Johnson created "Forever Marilyn" based on the 1955 movie the "Seven Year Itch." The statue is going to be on display in Chicago until spring 2012.

"All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent" ~ Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn in the Windy City

While walking around the statue of Marilyn taking pictures and watching the other people react to seeing it I wondered what Marilyn would have thought about it. Would she have liked the size of the statue and where it’s placed on Chicago’s magnificent mile? Would she say to herself wow my thighs look fat in that dress and those shoes are all wrong? She might not like how her hair is fixed or the color they painted her toe nails. Who knows maybe she would laugh when she saw it or pose next to it along her devoted fans?

If she could come back and tell the world what she thought of her time on earth what would she say? Would she talk about the movies she made, or the books she read that inspired her? What about the men in her life? Did she ever find someone who truly loved her for who she was as a person not an icon?

It would have been wonderful to sit with Marilyn in my kitchen talking about life, politics, and religion. Of course being in the movies would have been a topic we’d discuss too. I think we would've been good friends if the opportunity had presented itself. Marilyn was such a great beauty to be sure, but a very special human being with talent, hopes,and dreams.


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      Green Art 5 years ago

      I had a blast taking the photographs in Chicago of Marilyn. It would've been fun just capturing the expressions of people seeing it for the first time. I looked it up and she was moved to Palm Springs in May of 2012. I just added a link in the hub that has a time lapsed video of the statue being dismantled too. Thanks for the Vote Up:)

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Wow...26 feet of Marilyn....I loved the photos you included in the hub....I wonder which city got the statue after it left Chicago. A very interesting hub on something I was completely unaware even existed....voted up and very interesting.

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      Green Art 5 years ago

      Chicago is such an interesting city to photograph on its own, but when a 26 foot tall Marilyn Monroe was placed in the middle of it I had to take some snap shots of it. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      what great pictures.. and Marilyn is a beauty

      great hub.. I really enjoyed this


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      Green Art 5 years ago

      Thanks Scott! I've always liked Marilyn and when I had the opportunity to see this larger than life statue of her I knew I'd be taking photographs and writing a hub about it.

      If you haven't seen the movie "Marilyn and Me" be sure to check it out. I thought it was very well done. A documentary is going to be coming out soon called, "Thoughts From Fragments" based on letters of Marilyn's. Looking forward to seeing that movie too.

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Wow , this is an incredible hub... very, very interesting. Very newsworthy, and written well!