After a 22-month vacation in Palm Springs soaking up the sunshine and being photographed by thousands of times by fans….the famous “Forever Marilyn” sculpture will have a new home in Hamilton, New Jersey for a lifetime retrospective exhibition and gala honoring its creator, 84-year old artist Seward Johnson, at the 42-acre sculpture park Grounds For Sculpture. The exhibit will consist of an amazing collection of over 150 of his sculptures, displayed in three interior museums and throughout the gardens of the parklands. The show will be from May – September 2014.
The “Forever Marilyn” sculpture said farewell to her desert playground on April 1, 2014….she is being transported on an open flat-bed truck over the Rocky Mountains, the plains of Kansas and all terrain in between, en route from Palm Springs, California to Hamilton, New Jersey. The towering artwork is made of stainless steel and aluminum, weighs in at 36,000 lbs, and comes apart into four pieces. Fans can follow her road trip online http://isawmarilyn.com/.
The Sculpture Foundation has received countless requests and invitations for Forever Marilyn including ones from Singapore, Shanghai, London, Brazil, Miami, Rome and other locales. Forever Marilyn is not committed to anyplace, at this point in time, after the retrospective. But, we have a feeling she will be back to Palm Springs!
The 26-foot tall sculpture was a landmark at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way since it arrived in May 2012, from Chicago. Immediately, Forever Marilyn was embraced by residents and visitors as an iconic artwork that truly belonged in Palm Springs. Marilyn Monroe has legendary ties to the desert city: she was “discovered” at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club, was rumored to have frequented a Movie Colony estate known as “Sand Acre” with Joe DiMaggio, and owned a 50’s style home on Rose Avenue in the Las Palmas neighborhood.
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” was a wonderful short-term attraction while the redevelopment takes place. The installation of Forever Marilyn was paid for by P.S. Resorts, local donors, restaurants, hoteliers and merchants.
About Forever Marilyn
Forever Marilyn is the 26 ft. tall, 34,3OO lbs. sculpture of Marilyn Monroe by American artist Seward Johnson inspired by a famous photograph taken by Bernard of Hollywood. The dramatic sculpture Forever Marilyn is extremely realistic – especially in the skin tones. Her unique patina involves 1O layers of hues with a matte finish except for the glossy elements of her lips, toe nails and the pearlized finish on the earrings. A passion for detail and an uncanny realism of pose are qualities often associated with the works of sculptor Seward Johnson. Well-known for recreating life in our times in vivid realism, with this work the artist explores in three dimensions why some visual images so captivate us that they become larger than life. These subjects outlive their own time periods and come to stand for something metaphoric and grand. Such is this most recent release from the hands of artist Seward Johnson, which arrived in Chicago for its international debut last year. Forever Marilyn belongs to the series entitled, ICONS REVISITED. For more information about the sculpture contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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