The dramatic new twenty-five foot tall bronze sculpture depicting World War II's most-famous kiss and the joy of peace is now scheduled for dedication on Saturday, February 16, at 10:00 AM. The public is invited to the free ceremony on the G Street Mole off Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego (next to the Fish Market Restaurant).
A Permanent, Bronze Version of the Sculpture
An earlier casting of "Unconditional Surrender" by artist Seward Johnson, used for temporary exhibitions, became a landmark in San Diego while on display for several years. The USS Midway Museum and local architect Don Reeves led a community fundraising drive in 2012 that netted just over $1 million in only two months for the purchase of a permanent, bronze version of the sculpture in addition to extensive site development, landscaping, and lighting. These enhancements will result in a beautiful new park area for the community.
The sculpture, purchased from The Sculpture Foundation, will become a part of the Port of San Diego's collection of public art. "Unconditional Surrender" is from Johnson's series titled Icons Revisited. Mr. Johnson is 82 and served in the US Navy.
Dedication and Community Event
The dedication will be followed by a "Salute to Heroes" community event next door on Navy Pier where Midway is berthed, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be activities for the kids, radio station entertainment, and donation/adoption displays by the San Diego Food Bank and San Diego Humane Society. Anyone who donates food or adopts a pet during the event will receive two free tickets to the USS Midway Museum while supplies last.
"Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and ages," said Midway president and CEO Mac McLaughlin. "We're looking forward to San Diegans stepping forward to honor the Greatest Generation during the dedication ceremony and to donating food or adopting a homeless pet, all in the interest of the community."