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Some like it not: Grotesque 'Forever Marilyn' leaving Palm Springs

Some like it not: Grotesque 'Forever Marilyn' leaving Palm Springs

Good news out of Palm Springs this week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years. The sculpture is headed out of town by flatbed truck for an exhibition back East. Good news because good riddance. "Forever Marilyn" is a 26-foot-tall leviathan whose claim to notoriety is that it besmirches the memory of a marvelous 1955 movie by the late, great Billy Wilder. In "The Seven Year Itch," a witty film adaptation of George Axelrod's frothy play, a Walter...

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