Chicagoans and visitors to the windy city have only a few more days to look up Marilyn’s skirt. She’s standing 26 feet (5 metres) tall on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue until Monday, then moving to Palm Springs, California.
The work of New Jersey-based artist Seward Johnson has been controversial for the ten months it has been in town. It’s kitsch and Marilyn has nothing to do with Chicago, say critics.
The public love it, however. It’s naturally become compulsory for tourists to be photographed standing underneath the statue, looking upwards.
Since July 2011, Marilyn has been upstaging two venerable gentlemen whose images stand on either side of her. They may be pleased to get some peace and quiet when she moves on.
We’re not likely to get to Palm Springs anytime soon, so we’re pleased our itineraries and hers coincided, however briefly – Our Weekend with Marilyn.
POST SCRIPT: My correspondent Knuckles (see comment below) has referred me to another work by Seward Johnson, in Australia Square, Sydney. I Wiki-ed him…
The writer was the guest of Chicago Tourism and Culture.