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Unconditional Surrender, the 25-foot tall, 6000 pound sculpture depicting a World War II-era sailor kissing a nurse, will soon be removed from the downtown waterfront, reports the Port of San Diego.

Owned by the Sculpture Foundation, a Santa Monica, California-based non-profit, the art was originally on loan to San Diego for a one-year period, which ended in February 2008; the work’s popularity, however, led to 12 subsequent loan extensions.

Before its current installation at Tuna Harbor near the USS Midway, the statue was displayed in New York as part of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, where the photograph of spontaneous celebration at news of the war’s end was taken in Times Square. It also was displayed for a period of time in Sarasota, Florida.

Dismantling of the artwork is expected to take two days and will occur during the last week of the month. The next destination for the statue is a park and sculpture garden in New Jersey.

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monaghan Feb. 6, 2012 @ 4:49 p.m.

Whatever we did to merit removal of this kitsch monstrosity after 12 (!) loan extensions, thank you, God. "Unconditional Surrender" definitely belongs in New Jersey.


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