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Marilyn Monroe statue exits Pittsburgh after quick stop

| Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
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.
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.

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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