CROWN POINT — A 25-foot statute that re-creates the famous embrace between a sailor and a nurse celebrating the end of World War II in 1945 in New York’s Times Square is coming to the city.
The statue is part of Crown Point's annual public art project that showcases lifesize sculptures by American artist Seward Johnson representing citizens doing common everyday activities.
When the statues arrive in May, it will mark the fourth consecutive year the city has teamed up with Seward Johnson Atelier Inc. on the project.
For the last two years, the city has received a monumental piece. First, there was the giant Abraham Lincoln statue, and last year's collection featured a giant tooth.
The monument statues were at the Sportsplex, which is where the "kissing couple" will be.
"We've been trying to get this monument statue for four or five years now," said City Councilwoman Carol Drasga, who spearheads the project as a member of the Art in Point Project Committee. "It's really exciting."
The iconic statue, "Embracing Peace" (formerly titled, "Unconditional Surrender"), was built by Johnson in 2005. It depicts the lip-locked couple from the famous LIFE Magazine photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on April 14, 1945, as news spread through New York City that World War II had ended.
The statue appeared in Times Square in 2015 for the 60th anniversary of V-J Day.
The statue also has appeared in Key West, Florida, and San Diego.
The city also plans to offer special signage for service members, living or deceased, to be placed near the statue. Once the statue departs in November, the signage will be placed at the planned Veterans Parkway at the Sportsplex.
The cost will be $100 and will help defer the cost of the art project. The form to sign up is expected to be on the city's website soon with a deadline of April 1.