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A view from below

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For some, a south Embarcadero statue is a warm and whimsical tribute to the end of the world. For others, it symbolizes a garish example of public art gone gauche.

The 25-foot, 6,000-pound statue entitled "Unconditional Surrender" stands next to the Midway and commemorates a photo taken of a Sailor kissing a nurse on Aug. 14, 1945, when VJ Day was announced.

Whether you think that the statue is a bigger-than-life salute to the military or just a cheap display of public affection is not at issue here. "Unconditional Surrender" represents one of the most photographed monuments in our town and its presence has spawned some rather strange behavior.

It seems that some of the more curious can't help but take a peek under the nurse's skirt. It's a fascination that holds a great deal of attraction.

Perhaps these are former Navy men who just want to check if her uniform is regulation -- you know, government-issued skivvies. I really doubt anyone expects the statue to be anatomically correct. Maybe they're just confirming that things are looking up for the military.

Most people we asked about merely skirted the issue. It just goes to show you that art, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, and these beholders are intent on getting an eyeful.

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