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Replacement ‘Kiss’ Statue To Arrive In San Diego Monday

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The replacement "kiss'' statue, the sculptured replica of an iconic photograph of a sailor and nurse smooching at the end of World War II, is scheduled to arrive at the San Diego waterfront Monday, three days earlier than first expected, according to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

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Above: "Unconditional Surrender," by J. Seward Johnson, is a depiction of a famous 1945 Life magazine photograph taken in Times Square in New York when the end of World War II was announced.

The statue replaces "Unconditional Surrender,'' the loaned art work that was removed last year.

The bronze permanent version is scheduled to arrive Monday around 7 a.m., Scott McGaugh of the museum said. Work crews plan to set it in place at some point during the morning to mark locations for anchor bolts.

The statue will then be removed so the site can be prepared. Beginning Tuesday, work will continue on putting in a pedestal, he said.

McGaugh said the 25-foot-tall sculpture, paid for with about $1 million in donations, should be completely installed by Valentine's Day.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.

Over the past week, the statue has been put on display in New Jersey and Alabama as it makes its way to San Diego, according to various news reports.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 9, 2013 at 9:43 a.m. ― 4 years ago

It's funny how even the media has to present pics of this thing dimmed in the backdrop of a sunset in order to lessen it's embarrassingly unpalatable cartoonish appearance.

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Mmikey | February 10, 2013 at 9:18 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Anyone realize the "artist" has pulled this scam in several cities already, get people interested with a plastic copy, then collect big bux for a chinese copy?

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 10, 2013 at 11:01 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Mmikey, have you ever seen the "midway museum officials" being interviewed in the media about this?

They aren't the brightest, and it doesn't surprise me at all they fell for this scheme.

Whomever donated $1 million could have used that money to help homeless veterans, veterans without health insurance, or veterans who need mental health services.

Instead, they chose to donate to an ugly- CHINESE MADE piece of refuse.

I wonder if this thing has a "made in Red China" stamp on the bronze somewhere?

It's pretty ironic that San Diego is supposedly the U.S. military center for defense against threats from East Asia, namely the emergence of CHINA as a global superpower, yet the idiotic military museum and some equally idiotic rich donors think this RED CHINESE made horrific-looking knockoff statue is some symbol of San Diego's military.

Quite frankly these "midway museum officials" should all be fired for incompetence.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 10, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ― 4 years ago

I think KPBS is trying to sugar-coat this.

The LA times not only has a picture that shows how this piece of trash looks in the light and to scale (unlike the romanticized shadow in a sunset we have here), they also report that 7 rich donors gave $100,000 each.

So his was NOT a decision by the people of our city, it was a decision by wealthy right-wing political activists like Doug Manchester whom the LA Times reports is indeed one of the donors.

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kilo | February 11, 2013 at 7:18 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Crazy that they're putting in back up when Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman being kissed, says that it was not consensual:

Some of her key quotes:

“It wasn’t my choice to be kissed. The guy just came over and grabbed!”

“I did not see him approaching, and before I knew it, I was in this vice grip. [sic]“

“You don’t forget this guy grabbing you.”

“That man was very strong. I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me.”

But I guess that the people funding the permanent statue could care less about concepts like "consent".

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