PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

PaintSquare


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


A New ‘Kiss’ for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Comment | More

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the replacement statue of a sailor stealing a kiss from a nurse at the end of World War II has arrived in San Diego.

Standing 25 feet tall and weighing 15,000 pounds, The Kiss statue arrived Monday (Feb. 11) from Trenton, NJ,  after months of collaboration between the USS Midway Museum and the Port of San Diego.

The new statue replaces the 6,000-pound Unconditional Surrender sculpture that has graced the downtown San Diego waterfront since arriving on loan in 2007.

The deteriorating foam and urethane sculpture was removed in 2012, and a new, bronze sculpture arrived Feb. 11 in San Diego. Private donations paid for the $1 million artwork.

The original statue, by J. Seward Johnson and owned by the nonprofit Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, was made of a foam core with a urethane outer layer, making it susceptible to weather damage. The replacement statue is made of bronze.

Both statues represent the iconic 1945 Life magazine photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square when the end of World War II was announced.

Architect Sweethearts

As the Unconditional Surrender statue was preparing to leave the city in February 2012, Architect Donald J. Reeves became determined to keep the statue permanently and suggested a painted bronze version be installed in the same location.

The statue holds special meaning for Reeves and his wife, Julia, who were high school sweethearts during World War II, when Reeves joined the Navy.

"It's just one small gesture that I think we owe San Diego, we owe the sailors," Reeves told a local ABC affiliate in February 2012.

The new sculpture was paid for with about $1 million in donations, with fundraising efforts led by the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum's "Save the Kiss" campaign.

Freerepublic.com

Both statues depict the iconic 1945 Life magazine photograph of a sailor stealing a kiss from a nurse on VJ Day in Times Square.

Installation and Dedication

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday morning (Feb. 16, when a handful of couples who were married during World War II are expected to renew their vows.

The ceremony will feature entertainment by the Navy band, an event called "Salute to Heroes," and other activities.

   

Tagged categories: Aesthetics; U.S. Navy; Urethane

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
CHLOR*RID International Inc.
 
SOLUTIONS THAT WORK
 
Companies that invest in corrosion control use CHLOR RID products
  • Soluble salt removal liquid
  • Test kits to verify contamination levels
  • Surface passivation to hold the blast
INFO@CHLOR-RID.COM 800.422.3217
 

 
Waterjet Technology Association (WJTA)
 
Click to register today!
 
See the latest automated and handheld UHP waterblasting tools/systems/products. Exhibits, live demos, educational sessions, waterjet short course, networking.
 

 
Detail Masters
 
Overspray Removal
 
We offer professional, turnkey service and unparalleled quality!
Our process can save hundreds— even thousands of dollars. It's fast, environmentally safe and 100% guaranteed.
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems
 
Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the system that best fits your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278
 

 
NLB Corporation
 
NLB Sure Shroud: Greater Protection and Flexibility
 
NLB’s Sure Shroud’s lighter weight and flexibility reduces operator fatigue and offers unmatched protection against high pressure hose ruptures. 10k to 40k psi rated.
 

 
Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
 
TIER 4 EQUIPMENT
 
We have Tier 4 Equipment including Air Compressors & Generators for Sale & Rent! Your job may now require Tier-4. www.absoluteequip.com or Call 412-931-6655.
 

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
 
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
 
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.
 

 
Termarust Technologies
 
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion
 
Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.
 

 
W Abrasives
 
Premium Products for your Blasting Needs
 
Ready to use operating mix steel grit abrasives developed specially for air blasting applications.
 

 
Jotun Paints Inc.
 
Jotachar JF750 - The Time Saving Solution
 
The only mesh free solution for jet fire scenarios. Jotachar saves installation time and material costs - the next generation of epoxy passive fire protection.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us