NBC Today Show Video: San Diego, California – Controversy Over Seward Johnson’s Huge “Kiss Statue” That Is Called “Unconditional Surrender” (February 21, 2013)

The following Today show video is about a new piece of art along the shores of San Diego, California. It is a giant “kiss statue.” Some people find it romantic. Others find it tacky or offensive. This clip aired on the February 21, 2013 episode of the Today show. Kristen Dahlgren is reporting from San Diego.

The statue is of a Navy sailor kissing a woman. It is 25 feet tall and weighs 14,000 pounds. The artist is Seward Johnson. A similar statue already exists in Sarasota, Florida. Johnson constructed that one, as well.

The statue is a physical representation of that famous photo of the Navy guy kissing a woman at the end of World War II. Although dubbed the “kiss statue,” the work of art is actually called “Unconditional Surrender.”

It’s odd that some local members of the Ports Art Committee resigned in protest over the addition of this San Diego statue. Resigning because you think something is tacky and lost a vote over it? Oh, boy. How do people like this ever even get on a committee.

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