A 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled in Chicago’s Pioneer Court. It is a recreation of her most famous pose, from the 1955 movie, The Seven Year Itch. The main reason for the staute, according to Zeller Realty Group, is to make people think.
A spokesman for the company stated that, “Paul Zeller likes to bring in things that cause a conversation. ‘They might be controversial, but he likes art that makes people think.” Although he is one to enjoy such artwork, some were not too pleased with the statue. Abraham Ritchie, editor for ArtSlant: Chicago, an art-focused website, wrote on Art Chicago Blog, “the statue was a ‘creepy schlock from a fifth-rate sculptor that blights a first-rate public art collection.”
The statue will be standing through Spring 2012. Not to worry though, she is wearing an undergarment.