A large sculpture of Marilyn, currently on display outside the Cairo Opera House, has stirred up controversy, reports Egypt Independent. Recreating the famous ‘subway scene’ from The Seven Year Itch, Ehab al-Asyuti’s sculpture seems derivative of Seward Johnson’s ‘Forever Marilyn’, and some observers have deemed her likeness less than flattering. But while she probably won’t be replacing the Sphinx anytime soon, Marilyn has made quite the comeback – her films were banned in Egypt after she married Arthur Miller and converted to Judaism in 1956.
This ‘snow sculpture’ depicting Marilyn’s ubiquitous ‘skirt-blowing’ pose from The Seven Year Itch can be found at Central Street in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. It is one of 45 sculptures displayed on the street as part of the 3-month long, 28th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
This sculpture, based on Tom Kelley’s nude calendar and sculpted entirely from crayons, is featured in a Daily Mail profile of Nashville artist Herb Williams, who has recently been commissioned to create new works for the White House.
Part of the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges. This year’s theme is ‘Around the World’.
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