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Marilyn Monroe statue exits Pittsburgh after quick stop

Justin Merriman | tribune-review - Samantha Potter, 23, left, and Amber Evans, 26, both of Arona, take a selfie in front of the 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture at PPG Plaza, Downtown on Monday, April 7, 2014. Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall 'Forever Marilyn,' en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA,, stopped in Pittsburgh as it's tenth and final stop for the traveling sculpture.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Justin Merriman | tribune-review</em></div>Samantha Potter, 23, left, and Amber Evans, 26, both of Arona, take a selfie in front of the 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture at PPG Plaza, Downtown on Monday, April 7, 2014.  Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall 'Forever Marilyn,' en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA,, stopped in Pittsburgh as it's tenth and final stop for the traveling sculpture.
- Cameron Evans, 2, of Arona looks over the 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture at PPG Plaza, Downtown on Monday, April 7, 2014. Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall 'Forever Marilyn,' en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA,, stopped in Pittsburgh as it's tenth and final stop for the traveling sculpture.
Cameron Evans, 2, of Arona looks over the 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture at PPG Plaza, Downtown on Monday, April 7, 2014.  Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall 'Forever Marilyn,' en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA,, stopped in Pittsburgh as it's tenth and final stop for the traveling sculpture.
- A 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture stops at PPG Plaza, Downtown on a rainy Monday afternoon. Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall 'Forever Marilyn' is en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA, and stopped in Pittsburgh as it's 10th and final stop for the traveling sculpture.
A 36,000-pound Marilyn Monroe sculpture stops at PPG Plaza, Downtown on a rainy Monday afternoon.  Artist Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall 'Forever Marilyn' is en route to Hamilton, NJ from Palm Springs, CA, and stopped in Pittsburgh as it's 10th and final stop for the traveling sculpture.

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Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:24 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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