Friday, December 07, 2012
A Merry Marilyn Xmas
However one feels about the gigantic Forever Marilyn statue by Seward Johnson in downtown Palm Springs, there is no denying that the piece has been a hit with both tourists and locals.
Many of the student painted Christmas banners on Palm Canyon Drive this year focus on Marilyn Monroe iconography...
...including a few parody items such as a swarthy Santa with hairy legs posing for his elves, a Santa having his picture taken under the statue, and a Santa who laments, "What a distraction!"
Part of the statue's appeal is that the old bank which used to take up the corner of Tahquitz and Palm Canyon has been razed, which opens up a downtown view to the glorious San Jacinto mountains just a few blocks away. Oddly enough, the giant Marilyn looks perfectly in proportion with the foothills. The ubiquitous Coachella Valley real estate developer John Wessman is proposing a six-story luxury hotel for the site which is a terrible idea. It would be great if the city just bought the statue and kept the open space as a tourist attraction.