Something To Do: Check Out Giant Marilyn Monroe Statue in Palm Springs

Looking for an interesting thing to do? Head on out to downtown Palm Springs to check out this state of national interest.

Palm Springs officials were planning a "dramatic" unveiling Thursday night of a 26-foot-tall sculpture of film legend Marilyn Monroe-- just 20 miles east of Banning.

Sculptor Seward Johnson's "Forever Marilyn" was installed by crane last week at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way after a weeklong trip from its previous home in Chicago. The 34,300-pound statue was shipped out in pieces and reassembled. It will be dedicated at 6 p.m. by city officials during the weekly VillageFest street fair.

According to PS Resorts, which organized and helped fund the statue's installation, free parking will be provided for the dedication. Motorists should enter from Tahquitz Canyon at Belardo Road. The Heat Wave jazz and show band from the Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley will perform at the event.

The dedication is a "homecoming" of sorts for Monroe, who was discovered in Palm Springs at Charlie Farrell's Racquet Club by talent agent Johnny Hyde in 1949. Monroe spent time in Palm Springs in the 1950s with Joe DiMaggio and eventually owned a home in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood in the early 1960s, according to PS Resorts. The 50th anniversary of her death is Aug. 5.

"Forever Marilyn" is part of Johnson's "Icons Revisited" series and is made of bronze and stainless steel. The sculpture is based on a photograph by Bruno Bernard taken during the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in 1955. The sculpture debuted last July 15 on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

PS Resorts, local donors, restaurant owners, hoteliers and merchants paid the $78,000 installation cost.

"Forever Marilyn" has a Facebook page and Twitter handle, PS4everMarilyn.

Monroe's star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars will be rededicated on June 1, her birthday.

The Lakes Retirement Community May 25, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Linda (and husband Bob) Haller and Isabel Lozano of The Lakes Restirement Community were there for the unveling during Street Fair. It was exciting to be a part of this historic moment as Marilyn makes her way through the country.
Jennie D May 26, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Is this statue of Marilyn Monroe going to be a permanent fixture there, or will it be going away anytime soon? I'd like to come down & photograph the sculpture. Can someone please advise? Thank you!
Laurie May 26, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I think Marilyn will be there till June 2013.


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