If you are a Chicago resident who frequents the loop, you may have noticed that a new blonde rolled into town. She’s quite glamorous, and she stands above all the rest of us. If you haven’t experienced her presence yet, you can find Marilyn Monroe standing tall on Michigan Avenue. She stands on Pioneer Court and has been here since mid-July. Why is this singer, actress and American sex symbol standing tall, her skirt blowing, in our Windy City?
Art is certainly a subjective topic, and the city residents have expressed their take on the new guest. A resident comments in the Washington Post that her giant lace panties are “intrusive.” According to the Chicago Tribune, some have noted Marilyn as “a giant, silent avatar of nonconsent.”
Whatever the city’s opinion may be, Marilyn’s here to stay till next spring.
Perhaps it’s just a way for women in dresses to channel their inner-Marilyn in the Windy City? I personally see her as an art piece, symbolizing an inspirational American icon. Her presence adds to the fine art that makes Chicago a place of expression and courage.
When I moved to Chicago over a year ago, I immediately fell in love with the art that makes this city unique. The clash of skyscrapers with gothic-style architecture that crowd our downtown is eye-catching and magnificent. The Picasso sculptures in the corners of the city streets showcase the individuality that is Chicago. The art in this city is brilliant. Our skyline is like no other. Our sculptures cause you to stop and wonder. Chicago, like its people, has character. Our art expresses that.
In Marilyn’s biography, Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words, she stated “imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Marilyn’s presence enhances our city’s expression of boldness.
What do you think of the statue? Do you have a favorite piece of Chicago artwork?