Removal of “kissing statue” underway
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Workers began removing the statue of
a sailor kissing a nurse near the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San
Diego's downtown waterfront Wednesday morning.
The 25-foot-tall sculpture, called “Unconditional Surrender,” is based
on the iconic 1945 Life magazine cover photo taken in New York's Time Square
when the end of World War II was announced.
“Unconditional Surrender” was loaned to San Diego in 2007 by the
Sculpture Foundation and is headed for New Jersey, where it will undergo
maintenance before the Santa Monica-based foundation loans it to another city.
The roughly 6,000-pound sculpture and its 24,000-pound base will be
shipped aboard two flatbed trucks, according to the Port of San Diego.
Midway officials are working to raise $1 million to install a permanent
bronze version of the statue. The current version is made of a foam core with a
urethane outer layer and is susceptible to weather damage.