The powerful tribute was commissioned by hair stylist Roi Barnard, co-owner of Salon Roi, the shop that has been a fixture in the 2800 block of Connecticut Avenue for more than 40 years. Barnard was deeply affected by Monroe’s untimely death, and recruited his friend John Bailey to execute the piece. Although the landmark echoes Andy Warhol’s style, it is not based on the famous silk screen series. Bailey selected a black and white photo from a Life magazine cover as his pattern. The mansard roof is incorporated into the design, cutting off Marilyn’s head above the eyes–adding intensity and suggesting a mirror reflection, perhaps a hand-held glass.