Vero Beach, Florida: 25-Foot-Tall Giant Kissers

Modeled on a famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of WWII. Earlier versions of this statue (in San Diego and Sarasota) are named, "Unconditional Surrender." This one is more tactfully named, "Embracing Peace."

McKee Botanical Garden

350 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL
McKee Botanical Garden. South of town, on the east side of US Hwy 1, just south of its intersection with 4th St. Only accessible from northbound side. The statue stands in the garden's Royal Palm Grove.
Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Adults $12.
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Embracing Peace.

25-Foot-Tall Giant Kissers

This is located in McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach. $12 admission to the gardens. There are several sculptured statues by Seward Johnson on display there also, through the end of April 2019.

[Donna, 03/24/2019]


25-Foot-Tall Giant Kissers

Iconic picture from the end of World War II has been turned into a giant sculpture.

[Stephen M Francia, 04/05/2018]


25-Foot-Tall Giant Kissers

Lots of other statues around the U.S. Custom House to see.

[Stella, 01/03/2018]


25-Foot-Tall Giant Kissers

This is now directly in front of the Custom House steps.

[Stef, 05/24/2017]

Sailor kissing nurse.

Giant Statue, End of WWII Kiss

Remember the photograph of the sailor kissing the nurse to celebrate the end of World War II? It's been re-created in a big way, as a 25-foot-tall statue. The statue is one of four by artist Seward Johnson. I've read that this placement [in Royal Oak, Michigan] is temporary, to raise funds for the Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial.

[Nick Plaskon, 09/22/2016]

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