The Unconditional Surrender statue cast in bronze by Seward Johnson put in on the waterfront in February did not need longer legs to stand sure, and clear as day, than the first foam sculpture Johnson temporarily loaned to the USS Midway Museum. But, the 25 foot statue did need a place. A field for viewing.
A made up nurse and her World War II soldier now simply hold on forever permanent, in a theater of art, ringed by red toned bricks the viewing crowds can come in on, stop and look for something after their own heart, and go on.
Nooked on the bay, the memorial makes its home next to the ship home of the naval museum that seized an opportunity to capture a portrayal of the real scene forever by counting up over 1 million dollars in money raised. Donators were given a chance to see the value made from their dollars at the formal unveiling event several married couples renewed their vows at. The bronze pair decorated with paint are the plainest match near the bay waters.
The anchor in the historical scene is the USS Midway ship that was the longest serving Navy aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Stories on the second world war, and on the later wars in Korea and Vietnam, and the Operation Desert Storm, are found head to tail inside in the museum that has both the restored Dauntless plane and the restored Avenger plane. Away from the rafters, and the patriotic flags on deck, across the shore, Johnson's handiwork proves that the times following a dismissal do not need to be a let down.
The kiss that began after victory is a rare showing. Part of the American heritage.
These Navy figures got their permit so old times are not forgotten.
Laying in the hardscape plaza bricks and setting in the nearby benches certainly was no waste of time. No one will wipe out the names of those who made the work possible with their support. Names engraved on the slabs on the walk in to see the statue.
Art pieces are often on the port's slate for waterfront park additions. Throughout the grass hills near the boardwalk and pave ways, the faces on undefeatable soldier's statues set the setting up for walks through history, rain or shine.
Memorials are some of the most often looked at art pieces in the Port's collection. The ties to the native homeland go on in the heavy faces of men, and women, who were vested with duty.
Approval on the plaza design was not rushed. But, the permanent victory came in short time after the popular foam statute put in during 2007 stayed on the bay walk long past its original slated time, even lasting into 2012.
Happy moments retold suddenly to visitors can make their mark on the Port's map a full trot of steps away from the Bob Hope off hand play that caught the attention of working whips off service, near the Fish Market restaurant visitors get together in. The look back in time is a local beauty.
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