Car crashes into ''Unconditional Surrender'' kissing statues in Sarasota

7:21 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- One person was injured after a car crashed into a giant statue of two people kissing in Sarasota.

Our partners at WWSB report the crash happened around noon Thursday. A car traveling northbound on US 41 went across the center median and slammed into the 26-foot tall "Unconditional Surrender" statue in front of the Sarasota Bayfront Park.

Photo Gallery: Car crashes into Sarasota "kissing" sculpture

Sarasota Police say the woman driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The car is still embedded in the statue, as there are concerns the sculpture may collapse if it is moved.

Officials say the city's public art liaison determined the statue sustained significant fractures, and a crane was called in to lower it to the ground Thursday night.

"Unconditional Surrender" is a larger-than-life recreation of a famous photograph showing a sailor and a nurse kissing during during a V-J Day celebration in Times Square at the end of World War II.

The sculpture is created by artist Seward Johnson and is currently on loan to the City of Sarasota. The Sarasota Arts Foundation, the insurance company, and the statue's owner will determine the process to follow repairs.

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