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Palm Springs give big send-off to giant Marilyn

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Palm Springs give big send-off to giant Marilyn

Updated: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:12:47 GMT | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com
9CB7547DB4069FA9908939B17420_h286_w430_m2_q80_cLMqRNepaPalm Springs give big send-off to giant Marilyn

FILE – This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows the “Forever Marilyn” sculpture getting a shower from the Palm Springs Fire Department in Palm Springs, Calif. Palm Springs is singing “Goodbye, Norma Jean.” The city is throwing a send-off party Thursday March 27, 2014, for this massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.(AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Jay Calderon,File) RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE OUT; NO SALES; NO FOREIGN

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Palm Springs is singing “Goodbye, Norma Jean.”

Well over 1,000 people attended a send-off Thursday night for a massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.

The Desert Sun (http://bit.ly/1mxlYak ) reports the downtown party included a performance by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. Guests included Carol Channing, who originated on Broadway the role Monroe played in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

The 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue named “Forever Marilyn” will soon go to Hamilton, N.J., for an exhibit honouring its designer, Seward Johnson.

The sculpture depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the “The Seven Year Itch.”

City officials told party-goers they would do all they could to bring her back.


Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/

HIWAY AMERICA -THE FREMONT TROLL,SEATTLE WASHINGTON.

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In the shadow of an overpass in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle lurks a giant one-eyed troll clutching a Volkswagen Beetle. The two-ton sculpture was created in 1990 by a team of four local artists, Steve Badanes, Ross Whitehead, Will Martin, and Donna Walter, as part of a competition promoting urban renewal. 

FREMONT TROLL

Fremont Troll

Thanks to Isaac Price, the photographer who took this picture of the Fremont Troll on March 25, 2011.

Fremont has always been a vague and mysterious place. Some of the old timers here will tell you there were troll sightings ever since the Aurora Bridge went up in ’32. Of course, now there’s plenty of sightings. It seems the Troll sculpture has made Fremont into a regular magnet for Trolls, especially at the summer solstice and Halloween. Thanks to Isaac Price, the photographer who took this picture of the Fremont Troll on March 25, 2011.

Thanks to Dan Heller for the look up the Troll’s nose

Historically, trolls are part of Scandinavian folklore. They were found either as dwarfs or giants (yes, as big as this one) living in caves, by the sea, in the forest or under bridges. They lived in clans or families and were characterized as being ferocious, ugly creatures fond of eating human flesh (and even the occasional Volkswagen). Most trolls used to dwell in dark places because they cannot tolerate sunlight.(Sunscreen has now changed all this.) They are usually grey or green in color, and sometimes scaly. Trolls are described as having monstrously ugly faces, enormous noses, arms that hang below their knees. They are known to be very strong and powerful. Trolls are fascinated by jewelry in general, gold, silver and shiny things on cars in particular. They are also attracted to small children and luminous women. Trolls often live to be very old. They are known to be incorrigibly mischievous pranksters by nature. The Fremont Troll was inspired by the folk tale Billy Goat’s Gruff.

The Troll Monument

This image of the Troll being created is part of the story from odlandscape.blogspot.com

It all started in 1989 when our local Fremont Arts Council was approached about doing something more imaginative with the space under the Aurora bridge. Encouraged by the prospect of support and funding, a national competition was organized to select the best ideas. Arts Council activists Barbara Luecke, Roger Wheeler, Peter Beavis, Peter Toms and Denise Fogelman juried the field down to five finalists who were then commissioned to create models that would be voted on by the community at the Fremont Fair.

The Troll created by a team, calling themselves the Jersey Devils and led by sculptor Steve Badanes, was voted the overwhelming favorite. A city-matching grant was successful in funding the project. Thus, the Fremont Troll came to be. Made from rebar steel, wire and 2 tons of messy ferroconcrete, the Troll monument took about 7 weeks to complete.

Watch Your Car Parts

Fremont’s neighborhood trolls have come a long way from the terrifying Trolls of legend. They have, in fact, become quite civilized, fun loving local celebrities. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see one (or you might see a picture of one, like this painting in the local sandwich shop, Homegrown. Find more eats here…) Trolls love to cavort in parades and share an endless passion for dance and any kind of festivities. They aren’t interested in eating people anymore, but have been known to take entire cars apart looking for shiny bits inside. So, a word of caution; it’s best to hide any car parts you might have about your person and be sure to park your vehicles as far away from the Troll as you can

armed locals, winning the popular vote and the right to haunt the underpass forevermore. —Adam McCulloch

 

SEATTLE WASHINGTON – BOOZER DEFACE JIMI HENDRIX STATUE

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Boozers deface Jimi Hendrix statue, get arrested

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by:Scott Sunde

Dung Nguyen of Cleanscapes spreads a product called "Elephant Snot" onto graffiti sprayed on Capitol Hill's iconic Jimmy Hendrix statue on Broadway. The product helps remove spray paint. Two men were arrested for a blatant graffiti spree Wednesday night. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Dung Nguyen of Cleanscapes spreads a product called “Elephant Snot” onto graffiti sprayed on Capitol Hill’s iconic Jimi Hendrix statue on Broadway. The product helps remove spray paint. Two men were arrested for a blatant graffiti spree Wednesday night. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seattle police have arrested and jailed two men, ages 20 and 21, who defaced the statue of favorite son Jimi Hendrix on Broadway as part of a spray-painting spree.

The men were not criminal masterminds. There was the drinking before it all began. The security camera and Metro bus driver who photographed them, and the numerous witnesses who watched them. Then, too, they did have paint on them by the time Seattle police found them.

Before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police got reports of two drunk men painting the Hendrix statue and construction equipment in the 1600 block of Broadway.

You don't step on Superman's cape or mess with Mr. Hendrix in this town

You don’t step on Superman’s cape or mess with Mr. Hendrix in this town

Witnesses told police the men bought spray paint at a local store and came out to deface the statue.

Then they used the spray paint on construction equipment, a building, utility box and signs.

Their getaway: Take a Metro bus to downtown.

Of course, they used the paint on the bus as they got off at Eighth Avenue and Olive Way, police say. The Metro driver took their photograph and alerted authorities.

The two continued to paint buildings as they walked to downtown, police said.

Police checked surveillance video of the two buying the paint. Meanwhile, transit police stopped the men at Third and Pike.

Officers and witness on Capitol Hill went downtown. The witnesses identified the men.

Both men had paint on their hands and clothes, police say. And one had cans of spray paint in his pocket and backpack.

And to answer the musical questions, the two are now experienced. And then some.