Posted by: groundsforsculpture | August 19, 2010

UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER installed in TIMES SQUARE!

Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation

On Wednesday, August 11th 2010, the dramatic Unconditional Surrender sculpture, by renowned American artist Seward Johnson, was installed in Times Square, at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets, an area known as Military Island. The sculpture itself, as well as the installation process, was visually stunning and presented an opportunity for spectacular television and still photos.

"Unconditional Surrender" arrives in Times Square. Photo by Carl Deal III. “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson © 2004, 2005 The Sculpture Foundation

Beginning at 11:59 pm (a night time installation under lights) on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, the towering figures arrived from the artist’s studio in New Jersey and a huge crane raised the various portions of the gigantic sculpture into the air and set them atop one another – first giant pants and skirt of the man and woman, next the torsos and heads.

Legs and torso moved into place. Photo by Carl Deal III. “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson © 2004, 2005 The Sculpture Foundation

Torsos and heads moved into place. Photo by Carl Deal III. “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson © 2004, 2005 The Sculpture Foundation

A collaboration between the Times Square Alliance and The Sculpture Foundation, a not for profit entity that encourages the placement and sharing of public art, has brought the enduring kissing couple to the city. The Foundation’s Director, Paula Stoeke, noted, “One key purpose of public art is to initiate dialogue within communities. This monumental sculpture is provocative in its very presence, and should turn heads as well as start conversations.”

The Final Installation. Photo by Carl Deal III. “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson © 2004, 2005 The Sculpture Foundation

A passion for detail, an uncanny realism of pose and a striking palette are qualities often connected with the works of American sculptor Seward Johnson. Well-known for recreating life in our times in vividly realistic bronze, Johnson steps back into history with his recent work entitled Unconditional Surrender, to pay homage to the veterans of World War II. At a time when we are losing these heroes quickly – statistics suggest that 1200 people of this generation die daily – Seward Johnson breaks the barrier of the two-dimensional, delivering a captivatingly lifelike, monumental three-dimensional interpretation of the iconic image that encapsulated the struggle for freedom and ultimate victory. This artwork honors the memory of the past, reminding us of the sacrifice of a nation, and awakening younger generations to the notion of preserving freedom for all.

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