Alfred Eisenstaedt photo (taken on V-J Day in Times Square), on which J. Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall statue is based
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt photo (taken on V-J Day in Times Square), on which J. Seward Johnson's 25-foot-tall statue is based
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Local photographer Michael Realpeople's plans to stage a "kiss-in" at the Unconditional Surrender statue near the U.S.S. Midway Museum is meeting some resistance. A Facebook event page announces the photographer’s plan to honor the tourist attraction before the Port District removes it later this month.

Realpeople intends to capture a black-and-white image "that will remain in history for all to remember," reads the Facebook page. Realpeople says he expects “100++ couples” and TV news people to show up at the Embarcadero on Saturday, February 18, from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

However, according to Realpeople, “the SD Port Authority is NOT ok with my plans for a ‘goodbye’ photo shoot at the Statue this weekend, they decided to go the ‘political’ route.... now I want to steam ahead and make the crowd even BIGGER...!"

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Facebook Feb. 17, 2012 @ 10:31 a.m.

Darrell J. says: It's a hell of alot more representive of our Naval heritage then a pair of (not even looking like) wings will be. I SAY LEAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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anniej Feb. 17, 2012 @ 1:10 p.m.

why do we want to fix something that is not broken? it should be left alone as a statement - the community honoring those who have served -

PORT DISTRICT WAKE UP - many of those this statue is honoring chose to retire here in San Diego - you are planning on tearing something downs that means something to the majority.

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Dave Rice Feb. 18, 2012 @ 8:33 a.m.

Unfortunately the statue was only on temporary loan to the Port from out-of-area owners - a loan that was extended several times, we were supposed to return it a few years ago. It's a park in New Jersey's turn to host it for a while:

The "kiss-in" sounds like a cute idea, though. I'll be interested to see how it goes...

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Facebook Feb. 17, 2012 @ 4:11 p.m.

John P. says: Love it. Kids love it. Elders from the WWII generation love it. The Kiss is an iconic photograph. It's much better than the giant abstract sculptures around.

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Facebook Feb. 17, 2012 @ 4:11 p.m.

Jim B. says: It is a little low-brow and tacky.

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Javajoe25 Feb. 18, 2012 @ 5:22 p.m.

Well, I'm under the impression the statue was on loan and the owner wants it back...someplace up north. I think they should design a new statue; something that most of the sailors today would relate to....something like a sailor with a hooker in TJ.

For many who served, an experience like that is much more memorable than something that appeared back at the end of WWII. Plus, it would represent more of the cross-cultural experience, that San Diego offers.

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dwbat Feb. 18, 2012 @ 7:56 p.m.

I don't think Eisenstaedt would have approved of the tacky statue, which does not do justice to his iconic photo. It looks like something you would see at a grade B amusement park. Let it go!

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