The Custom House Museum in Old Town Key West was the setting for a flash-mob style Kiss-In event, hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society on Valentine’s Day evening.Hundreds of couples, including a coconut wielding man kissing a “Cast Away” inspired “Wilson” volleyball and a woman puckering up with a toy dolphin, locked lips at exactly 6pm next to artist Seward Johnson’s “Embracing Peace” sculpture in a photo op moment that has been picked up by international media.“In a time when there seems to be so much anger and separation in the world, our message is that Key West embraces peace,” said KWAHS Operations Manager Shawn Cowles. Johnson’s “Embracing Peace” sculpture was inspired by photographs taken of a sailor and nurse locked in an immortalized kiss in Times Square, New York, celebrating the end of World War II – an image that has been called the most famous kiss in American history.
Richard Fowler and Judge Peary Fowler of Key West mirror the massive “Embracing Peace” sculpture figures at Tuesday evening’s Kiss-In at the Custom House Museum. Hundreds participated in the flash-mob style event, inspired, like the sculpture itself, by photographs taken of a sailor and nurse locked in an immortalized kiss in Times Square, New York, celebrating the end of World War II – an image that has been called the most famous kiss in American history.
Left to right: Joel and Pam Mietzner, Sam Roedel and Nancy Martin, all of Jefferson City, MO, and Jill Edwards Snodgrass and Sean Krikorian of Key West joined hundreds of pairs sharing that loving feeling Tuesday evening at the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Valentine’s Day Kiss-In at the Custom House Museum.
Hundreds of lovers flowed from the Custom House Museum veranda and down into the street at the Art & Historical Society Valentine’s Day Kiss-In on Tuesday evening.