The Kiss Off, San Diego

We were contacted early Friday morning by local Photographer and Artist, Micheal Realpeople to see if we would be interested to cover an event he was organizing at the Embarcadero in San Diego. Here, there is a 25ft statue of the famous “Sailor Kiss” from WWII.

This statue will be relocated in a month or two and replaced with something else – I heard a “bronze”. Michael mentioned that the San Diego Port Authority was giving him a headache as he wanted to gather 25+ couples for a final “Kiss Off” to the iconic statue.

NBC News, CNN, and even Ellen Degeneres got wind of this and things started moving very rapidly!

Finally the Port Authority gave its blessing and the event proceeded without a hitch on Saturday morning.

Here are some of the links from the mornings coverage:


7 responses

  1. I had no idea that they are moving the statue!!

    February 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  2. Wonderful shots Erik. Love the perspective on the first one.

    February 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  3. Nice overall blog. Never heard about the “kiss off”. Good write-up.
    I remember the 1st time I wandered upon the statue, it made me smile besides being an iconic photo-op.
    BTW I read a piece several years ago. Someone was able to track the nurse in the original photo. In it she said the sailor was a stranger, who in the moment of joy the war in Europe was over, just grab & kissed her. It was just one of these things, capture forever in a photograph.
    Enjoyed & thanks for sharing.

    February 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

  4. Ha! That’s cool.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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