The "Forever Marilyn" sculpture that was slated to leave Palm Springs in June will stay put for the long, hot summer. The sculpture's stay has been extended 90 days, according to an announcement Thursday.
The 34,300-pound, 26-foot-tall likeness of Marilyn Monroe has stood at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way for a year and was supposed to leave the first week in June. The city had even organized a farewell party.
But negotiations with the Sculpture Foundation, which owns the traveling artwork by Seward Johnson, extended the sculpture's stay, tourism organization P.S. Resorts reports.
"'Forever Marilyn' is adored by our residents and visitors alike," Mayor Steve Pougnet said in the announcement. "We're happy to have her for another three months while the demolition of Desert Fashion Plaza finished and construction begins." The sculpture stands near the site of a former mall that's being taken down and a new shopping mall and hotel overseen by real estate developer John Wessman are going up.