P.S. Resorts announced today that the iconic, 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, ‘Forever Marilyn’ by American artist Seward Johnson, will remain in Palm Springs until mid-November of this year. Currently located at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in downtown Palm Springs, the statue’s visit to Palm Springs was always intended to be a temporary one, with its move from Chicago in May 2012 originally intending to only last about a year before it went on to be exhibited in other cities. During her life, Marilyn Monroe owned a home in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs and she is an important part of Palm Springs’ storied and glamorous history. The ‘Forever Marilyn’ statue has become a beloved fixture in downtown Palm Springs for visitors and locals alike, and many will be sad to see her go when she makes her way to New Jersey in November to be part of a lifetime retrospective exhibition and gala honoring artist Seward Johnson.
‘Forever Marilyn’ is based on what is possibly the most famous image of Marilyn Monroe, taken while filming the 1955 film, ‘The Seven-Year Itch.’ The statue is constructed out of bronze and stainless steel, with ten layers of hues with a matte finish except for the glossy elements of her lips, toe nails and the pearlized finish on her earrings. She is made up by four separate pieces, plus a base, together weighing a total of 34,000 pounds. ‘Forever Marilyn’ is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, a charitable and educational organization dedicated to providing exhibitions and contemporary landmark public artworks for communities.
P.S. Resorts is planning free activities at ‘Forever Marilyn’ this summer and fall, including a Forever Marilyn Look-a-Like Contest on August 1 and a concert on September 7 with Beatles and Beach Boys tribute bands. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Forever Marilyn Palm Springs Facebook page.