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Sarasota accepts gift of "Unconditional Surrender" statue

4:57 AM, Sep 9, 2009   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- The city of Sarasota agreed to accept a pretty big gift Tuesday evening. Commissioners voted 3-2 to accept a resident's offer to buy a 26-foot tall statue and then give it to the city. Under the deal, the statue called "Unconditional Surrender" will remain on display at its current location on the bayfront.

Reportedly, 88-year-old Jack Curran is the person who made the offer and will pay a half million dollars for the statue before giving it to the city.

Under the deal the statue will remain on the bayfront for at least the next 10 years.

Opponents have argued the sculpture is oversized and out of place along Sarasota's picturesque bayfront.

"Unconditional Surrender" is based on a famous 1945 Life Magazine picture of two people kissing in Times Square following the end of World War II. The statue was on display in Sarasota in 2005 and 2006 before returning last year as part of the city's Season of Sculpture.

You can see one of 10 Connects' previous stories on the statue by clicking here. 

Preston Rudie, 10 Connects

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