Updated 7/15/2011 at 4:00 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The long-awaited 26-foot sculpture of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled on the Magnificent Mile Friday morning, amid some controversy about its risqué appearance.
The three-part piece sculpture by artist Seward Johnson was unveiled in Pioneer Court alongside Tribune Tower.
It depicts Monroe as she appeared in an iconic scene in the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch,” where her dress goes flying up as she stands over a New York subway grate, leaving her underwear exposed.
One by one, group by group, admirers climbed onto the fake subway grate to take photos with the oversize Marilyn.
“Come on, what is it like, 25 to 30 feet tall? It’s outrageous,” Scott Simonson said while posing for a picture. “It’s really cool. I love it.”
Ruth Soil says she’s a teeny bit offended.
“Trying to live up to this image killed her,” she told CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez. “I don’t know what the message is. I would have liked to see a more serious image of a woman instead of with her skirt blowing and everyone looking up her dress.”
The artists told CBS 2 the statue is intended to celebrate everything Marilyn stood for. That’s what art is supposed to do, he said.