Marilyn Monroe once described herself as just a small girl in a big world.
But that's certainly not the case in Bendigo, where a giant statue of the iconic actress is captivating the regional Victorian town.
— Steve Kendall (@SteveKendall1) February 2, 2016
The dazzling 8-metre high structure is part of a new exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery, which features more than 20 original outfits worn by the international sex symbol in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.
The gallery is said to have worked with film studio Twentieth Century Fox to bring together items from collections around the world.
The statue, created by renowned U.S. artist Seward Johnson and officially titled Forever Marilyn, has been transported to Australia from its usual homes in Chicago and Palm Springs, California.
It's a representation of one of the most famous images of Monroe, taken from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.
This is the huge tribute's international debut after recently being lashed by the extreme weather on the U.S. east coast.
Marilyn Monroe Statue (by Seward Johnson), in the rain, 2011 Chicago. Now in Palm Springs, California. pic.twitter.com/QTfLDEHEb7— AdamNathanielFurman (@Furmadamadam) January 9, 2016
It was flown to Australia in pieces then set up in Bendigo using a crane and cherry picker, and is said to be generating "huge" public and media interest.
Marilyn's on her feet, and topless pic.twitter.com/s5bCgcgXZ2— Bendigo Weekly (@bendigoweekly) February 1, 2016
The unveiling of the statue comes on the 55th anniversary of the screen legend's last starring role -- in John Huston's western The Misfits .
THE MISFITS was released 55 years ago today. It was both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe's last film. pic.twitter.com/7Kyl17wJHS— GoldenAgeHollywood (@ClassicalCinema) February 1, 2016
THE MISFITS | rel. 1 Feb, 1961 | dir. John Huston | starred Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe & Montgomery Clift pic.twitter.com/kOvnbD2Mkf— On This Day In Film (@onthisdayinfilm) February 1, 2016