It’s the kiss that’s lasted 66 years. In the words of the late Edith Shain who claimed to be the nurse at Broadway and 45th — the photo embodies “hope, love, peace and tomorrow”. A 6-foot statue of that iconic image is now on tour and inspired many an embrace during a visit to the Wharf. The sculpture of the famous Times Square Kiss arrived in San Francisco to a waiting audience. Scores of couples grabbed the chance to try and match the famous dip and smooch. The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien and the USS Pampanito jointly sponsored the viewing of the beautiful artwork. It’s one of many events to draw support around the Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive campaign. The day to celebrate our greatest generation is Sunday, August 14, 2011.
The piece by Seward Johnson that is traveling the country is a depiction of the famous black and white photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstadt of a young nurse being kissed by an unknown sailor in Times Square on the day America learned the war had ended. And where better to put the work on display than down at Pier 45 beside the WWII Liberty Ship. A vessel I learned has a special Hollywood claim to fame that came about long after the war ended.