In researching information about this eye catching structure – Wikipedia was informative. It is entitled “Unconditional Surrender” and appears to be one of a series of sculptures by the American sculptor Seward Johnson.
Standing at 25 feet tall, it towers over its observers, showcasing a larger-than-life public display of affection of a sailor planting a kiss on a nurse. The couple’s familiar embrace can be recognized from the photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on the cover of a 1945 issue of Life magazine, symbolically marking the end to WWII on Victory over Japan Day, or V-J Day as it’s also known.
The spirit of the statue has been described as one of “spontaneous celebration.” The story that took place on that memorable day in Times Square was of the young soldier who grasped a completely random nurse in the street, subsequently creating this iconic moment in our time. Is that romantic or what?
This image has been a national reference point of the joy, love and celebration that follows the trying times of war. There are about 16 similar statues around the US. The largest one on the west coast is over 50ft high and sitting at the USS Midway in San Diego (as pictured here).
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - February 2014 Issue
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