The New Bronze "Kiss" is Returning to San Diego
Last March, I posted that this version of the " The Kiss" above , a sculpture designed by Seward Johnson Jr. was being removed from the Embarcadero area next to the Midway Museum. It was on loan and had been in place for several years and was showing a lot of signs of needing refurbishing. When it was to be removed , it was voted that it should be replaced with a permanent rendition that would cost about a million dollars and the funds would be raised by local donors. A new painted Bronze version would replace it once the $1,000,000 of funds was raised.
The money was raised by enthusiastic donors and the replacement was ordered. The Bronze is now finished and is on its way from Trenton New jersey to San Diego as a permanent icon of the famous sculpture inspired by the photo taken in Times Square the day the end of WWII was announced.
It was announced in our local news that the newly cast bronze will be installed on Valentines Day with a public unveiling ceremony the following Saturday, Feb. 16th. As part of this special event and in the spirit of the "Kiss ", couples who were married during the war will have a chance to renew their vows followed by a Spirit of '45 community celebration on the Navy Pier that sits next store to where the statue will reside.
When the new statue is in place, I will be posting a new photograph of the permanent painted bronze version.
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