People in Guigang, China, just don’t have the same affection for Marilyn Monroe as Palm Springs residents.
A 30-foot-tall Super Duplex Stainless Steel statue, made by several Chinese artists and eerily resembling “Forever Marilyn,” was dumped at a garbage collecting company in the city, NBC News reports.
Just like the beloved figure that stood in downtown Palm Springs, the Chinese statue was based on the famous scene from the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch.”
The statue lasted just six months on display outside a business center in Guigang before getting thrown in the trash, NBC News says.
Members of the Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group on Facebook suggested bringing the statue to Palm Springs.
“Maybe PS can ship her here and we can have her always?” Ivy Berryman posted in the group, a sentiment echoed by other posters.
“Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot-tall, 17-ton statue by sculptor Seward Johnson was on display in Palm Springs for nearly two years. It was then moved to Hamilton, N.J., as part of an exhibit honoring Johnson.
There’s been speculation the statue will return to Palm Springs after the New Jersey exhibit wraps up.
“I will never say farewell. You know me, as the mayor, I always have a few tricks up my sleeve,” Mayor Steve Pougnet told a crowd of about 2,000 who gathered for an event honoring the statue back in March.
Source – The Desert Sun