Public Art: Unconditional Surrender aka The Kiss!

Yesterday, we featured Stanley Blefield’s “Homecoming” statue that captured the joyous reunion of a family.

Today, we are featuring another piece titled “Unconditional Surrender” by J. Seward Johnson that is now on-loan to the Port of San Diego.

San Diego is trying to commission a bronze permanent replacement statue and created a campaign to SAVE THE KISS! If you are interested in donating money to help make this possible, you can visit this link. (Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with them.)

"New York City celebrating the surrender ...

National archive number 80-G-377094 Naval Historical Center #520697 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This 25-foot statue is based on the above famous black & white photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Time Square, New York in 1945 when it was announced that World War II has just ended.

It was one of those unforgettable photographs capturing a spontaneous and joyful moment.

Imagine that after all those years at war that you are finally told that it was over.  Finally, we have peace. Wouldn’t you want to grab someone close by and plant a big KISS on them? This statue epitomize that spontaneous moment.

To me, this sculpture also shows that peace is so fragile that we should all try to preserve and celebrate it when we can.

As photographs go, I took this in many different angles and picked these to show here. I haven’t seen such a big sculpture before this one, so it took me by surprise. How do you photograph something that’s literally many times bigger than life? So I try to photograph the smaller details like their shoes. And to show the contrast of how these people must have felt at that time by how they stood.

One pair solidly on the ground, and the other, taken by surprise, with a foot slightly off the ground. A young man sweeping the young girl off her feet… Quite literally…quite romantic.

I will be doing another link back post tomorrow, so will continue with my travelogue posts another day. More dining posts are on the way as well. Happy Friday. Wishing you peace and much love. x

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6 responses to “Public Art: Unconditional Surrender aka The Kiss!

    • Hi ccu. :) Yes, it is romantic, isn’t it? That’s probably why they want to have it there permanently. I didn’t swoon (ha ha, love your word there) but I did have an urge to kiss someone. Luckily, someone was beside me. ;) It was quite lovely. Cheers to you also.

    • there must be hundreds if not thousands of photos of this because there were so many people taking pictures. also, i recently learn that another of the same statue is located in florida. wondering if there’s more. amazing…

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