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Marilyn Monroe Statue Thrown Out With the Trash in China

By    |   Friday, 20 Jun 2014 07:04 AM

The Chinese apparently don't love Marilyn Monroe the way Americans do as a giant statue of the late actress was found dumped at a Guigang garbage collection business this week.

Local Chinese media outlets reported this week that the eight-ton, stainless-steel statue, which stood nearly 30-feet tall, was made by a number of Chinese artists based off the actress' iconic movie "The Seven Year Itch.

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NBC News reported that the Monroe statue stood outside of a Guigang business center for six months before it was taken to the garbage company for an unknown reason.

The structure looks similar to the 26-foot tall, 17-ton "Forever Marilyn" statue created by artist Seward Johnson currently on display in Hamilton, New Jersey, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun. The statue was in Palm Springs, California, for two years before it was moved to New Jersey for the exhibit.

The original "Forever Marilyn" statue first appeared in Chicago's Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue for a year before it was moved to Palm Springs in April, according to the Chicago Tribune. The newspaper said the statue's arrival in New Jersey is part of an event honoring Johnson and features some 150 pieces of his work.

The exhibit, which opened May 4, is housed in three indoor galleries as well as an outdoor space, wrote the Tribune.

"Following an early career as a painter, Seward Johnson turned his talents to the medium of sculpture," stated a biography of Johnson on The Sculpture Foundation website. "Since then, more than 450 of Johnson's life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as prominent places in the public realm such as Rockefeller Center, Pacific Place, Hong Kong, Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome."

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