Sunday 30 June 2019
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Date: June 2019
As you walk past the USS Midway Museum in San Diego and head into Tuna Harbor Park you come across a couple locked in an embrace. This is a sculpture by artist Seward Johnson and is based on a photograph taken in Times Square at the end of World War II. It is called Embracing Peace.
San Diego is a huge naval town and the USS Midway is an aircraft carrier with fighter jets parked on top.
Behind Embracing Peace out in the harbour are active naval ships that are ready for action as needed.
The 25 foot tall couple doesn't notice as passerby snap photos. They reminded us of the couples in an old commercial for Big Red chewing gum.
The original artwork was in Sarasota, Florida and then moved to San Diego. The artist then made several versions of the statue available. The original was foam filled and stayed in San Diego until 2012. It was originally called Unconditional Surrender.
About a year later a bronze replacement arrived in San Diego. This is the strongest version offered by the artist. As the couple continues to stand in the habour, that is one strong kiss as well.
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