The 34,000-Pound “Forever Marilyn” Takes Palm Springs
26-foot Marilyn Monroe, her white dress billowing embarrassingly high, has been installed, in public, in Palm Springs. Marilyn’s dress-up / iconic film moment captured, teased, and confused America’s moral high ground when her dress flew up, and we bent down to see what One Nation Under God really looks like, from below, oh you Naughty Boys!
Yet at 26-feet up in Palm Springs’ 106º heat, what better, more provocative shade could one hope for, cooling one’s heels under MM’s soaring bottom, expanding our One Nation Under God rule, to – Under Marilyn’s I”m too-sexy rule? Viva La’Shade madam, as Palms Springs’ sidewalk cafes spray overheated customers a cooling mist, also from above. One wonders, will Marilyn’s high shady soon emit a cooling spray too, on those sweating beneath her?
Memo to PS Art Committee: Well will it? That Marilyn’s high posterior adorns PS’s main drag, a queenly walk if there ever was one, all love Marilyn, and Cher, and Barbra, Judy, Liz etc; that 26-foot tall girl with her dress full-up is something to adore, begs the question: when America’s religious right approach 26-foot tall Marilyn, will they cross the street to avoid sin, or possible blindness? Or for that matter, do they even watch TV? Where much more than Marilyn’s sculpted panties glow openly on primetime 24-7.
26-foot tall Marilyn of the Desert floats the moral debate of delicious temptation over our heads in full view. Just look up. Is that you, God? Or is that you, Marilyn? Or both?
On the Plaza of American Life, where does 26-foot Marilyn stand? For now, she’s straddling Palm Springs tourists. Is she this years’ ceramic pink flamingo replacement, soon to be on everyone’s front lawn? Let’s hope so. America’s new moral umbrella is Monroe’s revenge. Oow, some do like it hot. But that’s why we go to the desert. For the heat, and to find our higher purpose. So bottoms up!