What Do Passers-By Think of the Giant Marilyn?

Seward Johnson's 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, in her most famous wind-blown pose, adorns Michigan Avenue in Chicago. What do passers-by think of her? We asked.

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Curious spectators gather around Seward Johnson's 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, in her most famous wind-blown pose, on Michigan Ave. What do passers-by think of her? We asked.
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Linda Adamson | 61, Australia
"I think it’s excellent. It’s Marilyn Monroe. She’s a legend and this is the most famous image of her. To see it in a statue is excellent.”
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Liz Rosenfeld | 27, Lakeview
“It’s not as big as I thought it would be. It’s really detailed. I can only think of adjectives to use…it’s amazing.”
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Susan Manos | 71, Lakeview
“It’s tremendous. I’m not quite sure why we’re doing this, but I think it’s a wonderful tribute.”
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Terri. L | Suburbs
"“It’s definitely a tourist attraction. It’s fun, light and summery.”
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Zakiya Clark | 36, Edgewater
“I think it’s interesting that they have her underwear exposed. I was a little shocked. But I think it’s a nice piece of art.”
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Bill Rohn | 67, Gold Coast
“It’s big and attracting a lot of attention. This image has been overexposed through the years, but what’s interesting to me is to see people’s reactions to it.”
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Brandy Eggerman | 19, South Suburbs
“Chicago is known for its strange art installments. Something like this is a good summer attraction.”
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Brendan O'Sullivan | 53, Texas
“It’s interesting to see how many people go under and look up [her skirt]. But she’s iconic.”
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Jeff Putch | 37, Georgia
“It’s pretty dumb. It has nothing to do with Chicago.”
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Katie Sivers | 30, Iowa
“It’s awesome because it’s ginormous and you can look up her skirt.”
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