Giant Marilyn Monroe Sculpture Is Not “Sexist”

07.15.11 Marina Galperina

A 26-foot tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe frozen in the iconic leg-flashing pose from The Seven Year Itch was finished in Chicago today and already it’s been called “risque,” “controversial” and “a monument to sexism.” Welcome back to 1955, you hysterical whiners.

New Jersey-based artist J. Seward Johnson erected Forever Marilyn legs first. Then, once the lower torso area was built, the giddy posing began. So, yeah, essentially, Chicago is staring right up into Marylin’s mammoth panty butt, but it’s a ridiculous albeit tacky play on pop culture. What’s “sexist?” Maybe if they kept that bag on her head…26