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 one 26 feet tall on Monday, although she arrived in Pittsburgh in pieces and soon left for a date in New Jersey.

This sculpture of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, the work of Seward Johnson, 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. “Forever Marilyn” weighs 36,000 pounds. Its brief stop at PPG Plaza quickly drew gawkers and photographers. Johnson displayed 15 works around Gateway Center in 2012.

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