'Unconditional Surrender' statue

'Unconditional Surrender' statue (fox5sandiego.com / April 12, 2012)

SAN DIEGO - The Unified Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners may decide the fate of the iconic 'Unconditional Surrender’ statue near the USS Midway during its meeting on Tuesday.

Thousands of visitors come to the park near Tuna Harbor to take pictures of the popular monument, which is scheduled to be dismantled in two weeks.

“It is due to leave at the end of the month, but there is the chance for an extension of another three months,” The Unified Port of San Diego’s Director of Communications Ron Powell said. “Now the board of port commissioners can decide if that’s the direction it wants to give to staff.”

The statue commemorating the Life Magazine photo of a World War II sailor kissing a nurse has taken on a life of its own. Artist Seward Johnson made the 6,000 pound piece out of polyurethane and foam.

The statue has been on loan from the Sculpture Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif. since 2007.

“The sculpture foundation of Santa Monica, which owns it, would like to take it back and give it some TLC to kind of refurbish it, touch it up a little bit for another city to enjoy,” Powell said.