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.”