Palm Springs bids farewell to gigantic 'Marilyn Monroe'
Statue of iconic blonde Marilyn Monroe stands at her new home in downtown Palm Springs Wednesday May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 7:30AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 28, 2014 10:44AM EDT
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Well over 1,000 people have attend a send-off for a massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.
The Desert Sun reports the downtown party Thursday included a performance by the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus. Guests included Carol Channing, who originated on Broadway the role Monroe played in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
The eight-metre-tall, 15,422-kilogram statue named "Forever Marilyn" will soon go to Hamilton, New Jersey, for an exhibit honouring its designer, Seward Johnson.
The sculpture depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the "The Seven Year Itch."