Workers today began removing the statue of a sailor kissing a nurse near the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San Diego’s downtown waterfront. The 25-foot-tall sculpture, called “Unconditional Surrender,” is based on the iconic 1945 Life magazine cover photo taken in New York’s Time Square when the end of World War II was announced. It’s a popular place for amorous tourists to replicate the kiss and take photographs. ”Unconditional Surrender” was loaned to San Diego in 2007 by the Sculpture Foundation and is headed for New Jersey, where it will undergo maintenance before the Santa Monica-based foundation loans it to another city. The roughly 6,000-pound sculpture and its 24,000-pound base will be shipped aboard two flatbed trucks, according to the Port of San Diego.
Last night I was fortunate enough to document the “Unconditional Surrender Kiss Statue” before it was dismantled and shipped away this morning. I used the sun as back lighting on the statue which gave me a strong silhouette of the couple. With a lot of trial, error and over 40 strobed lighting shots, I was able to compose the final image. Enjoy.