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Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Where Am I? Revealed: Sarasota


The photo I took of the soldier kissing the nurse was shot while driving by the sculpture in Sarasota. There are better photos (above)on the Internet and the back story you can read if you are interested.
Sophie Mae knew where these two were all along. See the comments section of the "Where Am I?" post from Thursday, April 9.

Here's part of the back story I found on the Internet:
At the end of WWII, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt snapped a now famous photo of a sailor kissing a young nurse in New York’s Times Square. In 2005, when artist J. Seward Johnson was invited to participate in the annual exhibition of large scale sculptures displayed along the Bayfront in Sarasota, Florida, he decided to recreate the photo in a 26-foot high Styrofoam sculpture. The piece, named “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward, was so popular that local residents attempted to keep it in Sarasota permanently, but they were unable to find enough donors to pay for the sculpture. Recently, a new aluminum version returned to Sarasota, where it is scheduled to remain until March 2009. However this time
Sarasota Season of Sculpture, the non-profit group that sponsors the event, is determined to keep the sculpture in Sarasota.

7 comments:

Patricia said...

This is fun - I'm looking forward to the next challenge.

marmee said...

i remember seeing that nurse as she is now recently. i think she was in new york. they did a thing on the story of her getting spontenously kissed and at the same time being photographed unaware. really cool.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Do I have to go over the Sunshine Skyway to see that statue? 'cause if I do,I may never see it.

Meems said...

patricia,
I'm so thrilled you like this- thanks a bunch for joining in.

marmee,
yes, it was probably NYC where you saw this... if you follow my links it will tell the story you mention.

Chris,
Funny. You would love that Skyway if you gave it a chance. :-) No, you can go the round about way (and the long way I might add) and take I-75 then backtrack through Sarasota to the beaches. LOL

TROLL Y2K said...

Dang, I would have won had I known this blog existed!

Meems said...

It's okay, Troll... you can get it next time.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

If life could only be that simple ... as a kiss. I look at that and think about their live together 50 years fast forwarded. In the end that is probably all we remember though. The art of life after all is selective memory.