That city is Chicago, that public space is Pioneer Court, and those six-foot-wide panties are wrapped around the gigantic metal buttocks of a 26-foot-tall statue of actress Marilyn Monroe.
Called Forever Marilyn, the recently erected statue depicts one of Monroe’s most famous images, drawn from the 1955 Billy Wilder-directed and New York-based flick The Seven-Year Itch. In that scene, after exiting a showing of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Monroe’s skirt is blown up by a subway grate, infecting her with the pathogen that gives her the titular condition.
Sort of cools the ankles, indeed.
Here, in this statue version of “Remember that scene from that one movie? That was cool,” Seward merely creates the world’s largest upskirt shot.
You’ll probably not notice all that, though, as you’ll be too busy staring up her skirt. It’s not your (or my) fault. It’s Johnson’s.
In the movie, the scene at topic is a flirtatious, leggy few seconds. Frozen and enlarged, it’s just a bloated, tacky monstrosity. Of course, most of us don’t know the image from its demure appearance in the movie anyway (you never saw her underwear in the scene), but from the many, much more unabashed PR shots taken during and after the filming. Heck, it’s said that the actual shooting of this scene is the reason her then-husband Joe DiMaggio divorced her.
I’m not sure what Joltin’ Joe would think of Johnson’s version of it, but something tells me his dusty finger bones are reaching through the loam for his best home run bat as we speak.