Yes, it's Marilyn: Wraps removed from towering statue

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It is Marilyn Monroe.

If there was any question what the 26-foot-tall statue on Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue was, all doubt was removed this morning when the final drapings came off and the blonde bombshell's face was there for all to gaze on.

For the past few days, only the lower torso of the movie icon in her famous subway-grate stance from "The Seven Year Itch" had been visible.

Commuters and tourists quickly started posing in front of the statue for photographs.

The massive sculpture is by New Jersey-based artist Seward Johnson, known for placing enormous pop art icons in public spaces, including twice previously in Pioneer Court.

The last before this was an "American Gothic" homage entitled "God Bless America," which in December 2008 captured Grant Wood's iconic farmer and daughter.

The prior summer, a 20-foot-tall "King Lear" graced the plaza.

Marilyn will stand in the plaza through spring 2012.

She is sponsored by Zeller Realty Group. The company's president, Paul Zeller, "likes to bring in things that cause a conversation," a spokeswoman for the company said earlier this week when only Marilyn's legs and dainty panties were visible.

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