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A Sculpture that Started a 'Chain Reaction' of Giving

Leaders fundraising to save the structurally challenged artwork say they've got more than $100k now.

"Chain Reaction" sculpture by political cartoonist Paul Conrad in Santa Monica. Patch file photo.
"Chain Reaction" sculpture by political cartoonist Paul Conrad in Santa Monica. Patch file photo.

Supporters of Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” sculpture say they have raised more than $100,000 to contribute to the cost of repairing the artwork.

The Santa Monica City Council is expected in two weeks to discuss whether the city should go forward with funding the repairs.

Created by political cartoonist Paul Conrad, the sculpture was dedicated in 1991 and is made of copper tubing over a fiberglass core with an internal stainless steel frame that rests on a concrete base.

In 2011, a fence was erected around the sculpture when city officials noticed it unsafe, especially after children used it as a jungle gym. A structural engineer studied the work and declared it fixable – for a price: more than $400,000.

The Santa Monica Lookout reports Conrad’s son, David, says that most of the $100,000 raised came in small increments.

pilot_rick February 13, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Let's get rid of this ugly piece of junk. Only the selfish arrogant few would want to use tax payer money on restoring this abomination.
Jeremy Arnold February 13, 2014 at 03:43 PM
I grew up in the shadow of this sculpture and have loved it ever since I was a kid. Its message of enduring peace and nuclear disarmament is as relevant as ever and helps describe the nonviolent activist spirit of Santa Monica. So glad the community has come together to save and restore it.
Frankie Lou Thorn February 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM
There is another delapitated sculpture on Cloverfield & Olympic surrounded by Palm trees, at the corner of the Ralph's parking lot, I would Love to initiate getting some funding to replace it with a new solar/wind powered water fountain! SMC Art department curated the old one, this thing needs resurrection bad!! Feel free to email me with ideas!! Zencasagreen@gmail.com! Cheers!

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