Marilyn Monroe statue exits Pittsburgh after quick stop

| Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:35 p.m.

Gentlemen who prefer blondes had a chance to see a 26-foot-tall one Monday, although she arrived in the Steel City in pieces and soon had to leave for a date in New Jersey.

This particular blonde was a sculpture in the form of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe. The work of Seward Johnson, the disassembled piece is en route from Palm Springs, Calif., to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of a 42-acre sculpture park containing 150 of his pieces. It will open May 4.

The artwork, “Forever Marilyn,” weighs 36,000 pounds, according to a release. It stopped briefly at PPG Plaza and quickly drew crowds, gawkers and photographers.

Johnson displayed 15 of his works around Gateway Center in 2012.

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