Monumentals

Forever Marilyn

36,000 pound “Forever Marilyn” sculpture installed at museum in Bendigo, Australia

The three-day process of installing Seward Johnson’s dramatic eight metre high sculpture, Forever Marilyn at the museum in Bendigo, Australia, has concluded and the artwork is now on view to the public.

Crowds of onlookers watched as Forever Marilyn, 25 feet in height, weighing 36,000 pounds (15 tonnes), and made of stainless steel and aluminum was assembled on site with cranes.  The sculpture is based on the iconic photo by Bernard of Hollywood, where a gust of air raises the skirt of Marilyn’s white dress.

This is the first time this world-renowned artwork will be shown outside of the US, having previously been on display in Chicago, New Jersey and in Palm Springs, California. The sculpture is part of American artist Seward Johnson’s Icons Revisited series, which explores why certain images remain a point of focus over decades. Other works in that series include the kissing sailor and nurse from Times Square and – in homage to painter Grant Wood – the Iowan farmers with their pitchfork. An interactive Mona Lisa even makes an appearance in the series, allowing viewers to pose in the frame with her.

The installation of the Marilyn sculpture is a prelude to the exhibition Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present, Marilyn Monroe which opens on March 5th at the Bendigo Art Gallery, and will be one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Marilyn costumes and personal effects ever presented.

The sculpture will be on site where, according to the museum “Passers-by were already gobsmacked by the larger-than-life installation”.

Sculptor, Seward Johnson comments: “Marilyn has come to represent beauty, and the white dress blowing up around her is a type of teasing sensuality. There is something about her pose; the exuberance for life without inhibition – it expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy.”

 

Le Mémorial de Caen, Caen, France (Normandy)

Embracing Peace, the 25 foot tall sculpture which honors the moment in Times Square when the end of World War II was announced, is sited at the museum in Caen, France. This setting, near to the Normandy beachfront, is an ideal location for the work, following its exhibitions in Civitavecchia and Rome. The year, 2015, marked the 70th anniversary of this celebratory event when the homecoming of troops was imminent and life could begin anew.

Times Square, New York – 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II

The weekend honoring the veterans of World War II, all servicemen and women, as well as all of the workers on the Homefront, is every year on August 14, 15 and 16. On this weekend, Embracing Peace was installed in Times Square for a “kiss in” with music and dance of the era provided by the Spirit of ‘45 organization, the Times Square Alliance and the Seward Johnson Atelier.  A teeming crowd joined the kick off on Friday, August 14th, with sailor hats and red roses for all! Dressing up in period attire was encouraged!

Lincoln Arrives in Troy, Ohio

Troy, Ohio hosts a spectacular exhibition of Johnson’s Return Visit through Spring 2016. This sculpture, 31 feet in height, features Abraham Lincoln standing with a modern man discussing the Gettysburg Address . Artist Seward Johnson wishes to draw attention to the aspects of the address that continue to provide valuable insights for today’s world. The sculpture was unveiled on May 3, 2015 and remains on view in front of Troy’s emblematic City Hall. Accompanying events are numerous, from a film festival of Lincoln-era subjects, to the anniversary funeral train, which will roll across the US in the month of September.
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