“Forever Marilyn” is a 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe, designed by Seward Johnson, and is on display at the Pioneer Court in Chicago until spring of 2012. The sculpture captures the iconic image from a scene in The Seven Year Itch, in which Monroe’s white dress is blown up by a vent from a subway grate.
The area was surrounded by many tourists, snapping pictures underneath the blown up dress, and I had to wait for a long time to get a clean shot of my own. In order to avoid taking another cookie-cutter type image, I walked a long distance away and took the picture from the right side of the statue. I framed Marilyn with tree branches, and Christmas lights to add some interesting bokeh to the final image above. Not bad when compared to what I was seeing from the front of the artwork. Moral of the story? ….. Keep your feet moving to explore all possibilities.