Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument


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The work, “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson II, is based on a famous Life magazine photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, the day the Japanese announced their surrender. In response to copyright issues, Johnson states that he used a similar photograph of the kissing couple taken by Victor Jorgensen, which is still in the public domain

The statue represents what is an incredible moment in any service member’s life.


This more than life size statue made of a foam core with a urethane outer layer was a temporary exhibit on the San Diego harbour park, near to the Midway until May 2012. It was criticised for being “kitsch” but many couples liked to imitate the pose, and in a navy town it is most appropriate.  Wikipedia

Apparently it has been replaced with a bronze statue though I don’t know of its size.  Maybe you have seen the new statue?


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Californian Mission: San Diego de Alcala (1)

During my visits to California I have become interested obsessed with the Californian Missions. I have previously written about one mission in San Francisco – Mission Dolores – but want to tell you about a few of the other 21 missions I have managed to get to beginning with the first mission in San Diego. I enjoy visiting them because they represent a vibrant chapter of California’s past, they are tranquil spaces, often in large conurbations and often combine my love of architecture and gardens. Continue reading Californian Mission: San Diego de Alcala (1)