Iconic ‘Kiss’ statue to be dedicated in ceremony

SAN DIEGO – The replacement ‘Kiss’ statue on the downtown San Diego waterfront is scheduled to be dedicated in a ceremony Saturday.

kissStatue2The 25-foot-tall bronze sculpture arrived from New Jersey on Monday and was permanently installed Wednesday.

The dedication ceremony at the G Street Mole across from the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and include unveiling the statue, a presentation of new cherry trees donated by the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego, and a renewal of vows by several couples married during World War II.

A “Salute to Heroes” festival is scheduled to take place at the adjacent Navy Pier beginning at 11 a.m. Among other things, the festival will include stations where donations can be made to the San Diego Food Bank and San Diego Humane Society.

The statue replaces “Unconditional Surrender,” the 6,000-pound sculpture by J. Seward Johnson that was loaned to San Diego from 2007 to early last year. That statue is owned by the Santa Monica-based nonprofit Sculpture Foundation and was taken from San Diego to New Jersey for restoration.

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