Marilyn Monroe Statue Features Lacy Surprise

The 26-foot sculpture features clearly visible undies
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2011 5:18 PM CDT
Updated Jul 17, 2011 9:49 AM CDT
Chicago Marilyn Monroe Sculpture Unveiled: Michigan Ave. Plaza Statue Clearly Shows Lacy Underwear
A tour bus with the face of The Blue Man Group passes by Seward Johnson's 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, in her most famous wind-blown pose, on Michigan Ave.   (Charles Rex Arbogast)

It's safe to say nobody is having their picture taken as much in Chicago right now as Marilyn Monroe. The scene in a plaza along Michigan Avenue resembles a movie premiere, with dozens of people clicking pictures as fast as they could at a 26-foot-tall sculpture of the Blonde Bombshell that was unveiled Friday morning. Monroe is taking the famous pose from the movie The Seven Year Itch, with her skirt billowing as she enjoys the breeze of a subway grate.

But that didn't mean people weren't surprised that when they walked around the side and the back of the sculpture, they could see clear as day Monroe's underwear—her lacy underwear. The sculpture is set to remain on the plaza until next spring. (Read more Marilyn Monroe stories.)

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