San Diego, California -- A huge urethane foam statue, based on a famous 1945 photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor kissing a nurse, may stay on the San Diego waterfront, if those in favour can raise $1 million to cast a bronze version.
U-T San Diego (the San Diego Union Tribune) says port commissioners voted 14 Feb to consider the idea.
Called "Unconditional Surrender," the 25-ft-tall, 3-tonne foam statue, by J. Seward Johnson, has been on loan to the port for five years.
As the newspaper reports, the statue "was not received particularly warmly by critics when it first appeared on the downtown waterfront, near the USS Midway Museum in February 2007."
The newspaper's art critic at the time called it "monstrous" with a "tacky" title, and said the characters "look like something from a cheap souvenir factory, blown up beyond any reason."
Despite that, the newspaper says the statue has been "hugely popular with real people," and become a must-see attraction on the waterfront.
(If comments on the statue at www.utsandiego.com are anything to go by, the statue is still dividing opinion in San Diego.)