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Marilyn Monroe Statue in Downtown Palm Springs

Jun 20, 2012 | posted by Elizabeth Young

Forever Marilyn statue being displayed in Downtown Palm Springs

I was visiting the Village Fest which is held every Thursday downtown when I looked up in amazement at the new installment. Breathtaking, especially with the San Jacinto Mountains in the background!

You don’t want to miss seeing the latest stop on the Forever Marilyn tour. The 26 ft. tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe by American artist and Johnson & Johnson heir Seward Johnson. The sculpture is inspired by the famous photograph by Bernard of Hollywood from the film The Seven Year Itch. She is located at what many call the corner of “Main and Main,” Palm Canyon & Tahquitz Canyon Way in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.

Marilyn Monroe has many legendary ties to Palm Springs. To name a few, she was photographed and “discovered” by Johnny Hyde from the William Morris Agency at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club. She was also rumored to have frequented a Movie Colony estate with Joe DiMaggio, currently known as the Sand Acre Estate, and owned a 1950’s bungalow-style house in Las Palmas which is currently on the Movie Colony Celebrity Tour.

The sculptor, Seward Johnson, age 80 says, “I am very pleased that Marilyn will be on view in Palm Springs. It was, after all, a location of her own choosing, and I assume that she was drawn to the beauty and stillness of the landscape. There is something about her pose; the exuberance for life without inhibition, which is quintessentially American. It expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy.”

Downtown Palm Springs is buzzing with enthusiasm as it braces for a renaissance triggered by the 100 million dollar revitalization of downtown Palm Springs currently underway. “Forever Marilyn” will provide a wonderful short-term attraction while the redevelopment takes place. The installation of Forever Marilyn has been paid for by P.S. Resorts, local donors, restaurants, hoteliers and merchants.

During the course of the year, special events will take place in Palm Springs notables include Marilyn’s birthday in June and the 50th anniversary of her death in August. Visitors from all over the world are lured to Palm Springs for its’ storied Hollywood legacy and, of course, the world famous clothing optional resort, Desert Sun Resort!

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