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Marilyn Monroe sculpture unveiled in Chicago

Spectators look at " Forever Marilyn", a sculpture by Seward Johnson, on July 15, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Getty

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - A 26-foot sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her most famous pose was unveiled on Chicago's Magnificent Mile on Friday morning.

Passers-by wasted little time positioning themselves under her billowing skirt to get a subway-grate view of Monroe in the same stance as she appeared in the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch."

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Pioneer Court, where the stainless steel and aluminum sculpture of Monroe now stands, is known for unusual public art displays. Years ago, Michigan Avenue was lined with fiberglass cows.

And in that same plaza, another sculpture by the same artist, Seward Johnson, was put up: a tribute to the grim-faced farmer and daughter of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting.

The Marilyn Monroe statue will stand though spring 2012.