Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial Hosts Iconic Sculpture


Camden Waterfront, NJ (June 23, 2016) – A colorful life-size bronze sculpture of the famous Times

Square “kiss” by American artist Seward Johnson, will be on display at the iconic Battleship New

Jersey Museum and Memorial as summer begins. The sculpture will continue to be on view to the

public for three months.


Well-known for recreating life in our times in vividly realistic bronze, sculptor Johnson steps back

into history with this moving sculpture work that honors the veterans of World War II and highlights

the emotional homecoming from battle. The piece was inspired by that celebratory moment in US

history when the war ended, concluding almost seven years of strife for those engaged abroad, and

those waiting at home. This image has become a meaningful symbol for that time of unity and

emotional relief.  The sculpture is on loan from The Seward Johnson Atelier, a not-for-profit entity

that encourages the placement and sharing of public art.


In the artist’s words:

“With this work, I wanted to evoke a time of unity.  The moment captured in the embrace of these

two strangers encapsulates the spirit of having fought a successful campaign defending our values,

and celebrates the expression of sheer joy at the homecoming.” Seward Johnson


Notes the Curator of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Paula Stoeke, “The impact of sharing this artwork

in this setting is powerful.  The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is creating a special

opportunity for visitors to interact with the sculpture and be affected by its symbolism. We hope that

part of the result will be the telling of individual stories from the greatest generation, to those that



On the 65th Anniversary of the day the war ended in August, 2010, an enormous 25 foot tall version

of this sculpture was displayed in Times Square.  The surrounding events brought WWII veterans

and their families from cities throughout America to be celebrated and honored for their service.

Since that time, castings of the monumental-scale sculpture have been sited in Sarasota, Florida,

San Diego, California and Normandy, France.


About The Seward Johnson Atelier and Artist Seward Johnson:

The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., was created to promote the appreciation of, and education about,

sculpture and public art in general, utilizing the creation, maintenance, sales and public placement

of Seward Johnson’s artwork as its instrument.


For additional information about the artist or the sculpture, contact:



Paula Stoeke



About the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the

Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers tours,

group packages, educational programs, rental space and overnights.  Have a Blast aboard the

Battleship! The annual Battleship Blast fundraiser dinner will take place on Saturday, July 2 at

6:00pm.  A $175 donation allows guests to enjoy a delicious dinner, open bar, entertainment and

the best view of the fireworks over the Delaware River!  For tickets, call 866-877-6262 ext. 144 or

email .  For more information on the ship’s many programs,




Jack Willard

866-877-6262 ext. 144