CHICAGO -- Her makers had hoped to keep her identity a mystery.
But from the moment those giant gams stepped onto Michigan Avenue in the heat of the night Monday, that telltale white skirt blown askew, there was little doubt that the 26-foot-tall headless sculpture would transpire as anyone other than Marilyn Monroe.
The plastic covering that all week shrouded the sculpture's head was ceremoniously removed early Friday morning prior to the commuter rush, at last revealing the big picture of what downtown residents and commuters -- and tourists -- will be looking at for months to come.
Dubbed "Forever Marilyn," the sculpture by New Jersey-based artist Seward Johnson will live in Chicago through what will be a rather chilly winter for the bare-legged icon. It's scheduled to depart in the spring.