that litter the city and the
in center field at Marlins Park. But few are as tacky as Sarasota's "Unconditional Surrender" statue, a 25-foot aluminum sculpture modeled after Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photograph,V-J Day in Times Square
Last night, a 62-year-old woman did what many had previously dreamed about when she drove her Mercedes-Benz E350 into the foot of "Unconditional Surrender." However, it was apparently an accident, not an act of artistically justified vandalism.
According to the Sarasota's Herald-Tribute, the driver of the car claims she blacked out behind the wheel of her late model Mercedes on the way home from a doctor's office. Evidently, she had a severe allergic to some medication and lost control of her vehicle.
After avoiding a few palm trees, vehicles, and pedestrians, the woman's car came to halt when it smashed into the gaudy monstrosity.
Despite relatively minimal damage "about the size of a microwave oven," city officials thought the sculpture would topple over of if they moved the woman's car.
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By morning, the giant World War II sailor and nurse were embracing horizontally on a patch of grass along U.S. 41. Some took umbrage to the mockery piling up in the comments on the Herald-Tribune's story.
"I know there is a controversy over having the statue on the bay front, but you haters are taking this a little too far," Sarasota resident Chuck Manahan commented on Herald-Tribune's Facebook.
Don't worry, Manahan, city officials will do everything they can to have "Unconditional Surrender" back up by August 14, the 67th anniversary of V-J Day.