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7/18/11

The New Legs on Michigan Ave.

The New Legs on Michigan Ave. The city unveiled this larger than life statue of Marilyn Monroe on Friday in the Tribune Tower Plaza on Michigan Avenue. The controversy of artist Seward Johnson's depiction has begun, but you can't argue that she is a nationally treasured fashion icon.

The Picasso, the Bean and now the Blonde Bombshell.

A 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her most famous pose was unveiled on Chicago's now-truly Magnificent Mile Friday morning.

Passers-by wasted little time positioning themselves under her billowing skirt to get a subway-grate view of Monroe in the same stance as she appeared in "The Seven Year Itch."

The area is known for unusual public art displays. Years ago, Michigan Avenue was lined with fiberglass cows.

And in the same plaza where the Monroe statue now stands, another sculpture by the same artist, Seward Johnson, was put up: a tribute to the farmer and daughter of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" fame.

The Marilyn Monroe statue will stand until next spring.

All photos by Scott Olson of Getty Images.

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