New exhibit features 17-ton Marilyn Monroe statue

     People have their photos taken with a larger-than-life sculpture of Marilyn Monroe at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)

    People have their photos taken with a larger-than-life sculpture of Marilyn Monroe at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)

    A larger-than-life sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is among the hundreds of works now on display in a New Jersey park.

    The 26-foot-tall “Forever Marilyn” created by 84-year-old sculptor Seward Johnson went on display Sunday at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, a 24-acre park just outside the state capital of Trenton. The exhibit will remain open to the public through Sept. 21.

    The exhibit features more than 160 works.

    Besides the 17-ton stainless steel-and-aluminum sculpture that depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch,” the exhibit also features a 25-foot-tall Abe Lincoln explaining the Gettysburg Address to a suburban guy in a white cable-knit sweater.

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