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Giant Marilyn Monroe storms the city

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They call it the "Windy City", and now one of the most famous skirt-blowing scenes in history lives on in Chicago's Pioneer court.

The now iconic image of Marilyn Monroe, white dress blowing around her as she stands over a New York subway, has been re-imagined as a giant 26-foot tall statue by artist Seward Johnson.

Weighing in at a whopping 34,000 lbs, the stainless steel and aluminium sculpture is remarkably detailed, right down to her red-painted toenails, and to protect her modesty, a pair of white knickers are visible underneath Marilyn's skirt.

Due to be unveiled tommorow (16 July), workers covered the face of the statue in an ill-fated attempt to shield her identity, but Marilyn's other assets have already attracted the attention of passers-by.

The statue will be on show until spring 2012, but if you can't hop on a plane, take a sneak peek at the larger-than-life Marilyn above and below.

ABOVE: A full length photo shows the sheer scale of the statue.

ABOVE: Crowds gather at the base of the spectacular statue.

Read Marilyn Monroe's life in quotes here

ABOVE: A worker applies the finishing touches to that iconic dress.

ABOVE: A bystander is mesmorized by Marilyn's extra-long legs.

ABOVE: The infamous shot of Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch of her white dress being blown up by the wind from a pavement grate.

Picture credits: Getty Images and Rex Features. Image of Marilyn Monroe TM & copyright 20th Century Fox.

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