By Sudhir Jain
Last month all the Chicago newspapers published story of recently unveiled sculpture of world famous American actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe. It is presumed that Marilyn Monroe is the highest appeared American actress on the postage stamps of different countries of the world.A 26 foot tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose from the film \”The Seven Year Itch” (released in the year 1955) has been unveiled on Chicago\’s famous and busy area Pioneer Court, 400 block of North Michigan Avenue, east side Chicago. The plastic covering that all week shrouded the sculpture’s head was ceremoniously removed early Friday morning prior to the commuter rush, at last revealing the big picture of what downtown residents and commuters and tourists will be looking at for months to come. In the famous movie scene Monroe stands over a subway grate and a breeze from a train passing below blows her skirt over her panties leaving her underwear exposed.. This seen was shot in New York but as the Windy City, Chicago seems like the second best location for such an art work.
The film scene and photographs taken from it left much more to the imagination than artist Seward Johnson\’s sculpture. Residents of nearby area as well as activists are opposing this. They say that will she be the idol icon for the youths and even the pose is very controversial. Visitors to the plaza are at once confronted with Monroe\’s pert bottom in gleaming white panties and her perfect pins bedecked in white, open-toe kitten heels. Roseanne Tellez writes on “CBS 2” that I don’t know what the message is. I would have liked to see a more serious image of a woman instead of with her skirt blowing and everyone looking up her dress.
Abraham Ritchie wrote on “Art Chicago” that the statue was a creepy schlock from a fifth-rate sculptor that blights a first-rate public art collection. The Chicago Sun-Times says \”Marilyn\’s making us look bad,\” or maybe we\’re making her look bad, ogling the \”beyond-kitschy\” statue, gawking up her skirt and licking her legs. The worst part is that the \”hideous\” blight on a beautiful stretch of our city celebrates a film moment that has nothing to do with Chicago.” The “ChicagoNow” wrote “did we lose a bet with New York? Methinks Chicago doth protest too much, Not everyone is a fan of the resurrected sex symbol, but love her or not, she\’s doing what public art is intended to do — to get us talking. See for yourself:” On the other hand, The Sculpture Foundation Zeller Realty Group Director Paula Stoeke says that through both scale and content this work will attract attention and visitors. The congregation of people is one of the hallmarks of public art and it will be potently evident as Chicagoans discover this newest iconographic sculpture.
We also hope that the light-heartedness of the artist\’s intention will shine through as Seward Johnson is an artist with a lively sense of humor. The Zeller Realty Group, which owns the plaza and now its statue, wants Marilyn to make people think. Paul Zeller likes to bring in things that cause a conversation,\’ said a spokesman from the company. \’They might be controversial, but he likes art that makes people think.\’ And if that fails at least her skirt will be a good place toshelter from the rain. Marilyn Monroe was born on 1st June 1926 at Los Angeles Her birth name was Norma Jeane Mortenson and nickname was The Blonde Bombshell. Shedied on 5th August 1962 at Los Angeles due to drug overdose.