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"CHAIN REACTION" SCULPTURE GIVEN RESTORATION AND FUNDRAISING SUPPORT AND TIME EXTENSION BY SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL

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  • Jerry Rubin
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2013
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      > ICONIC "CHAIN REACTION" LANDMARKED PUBLIC ART PEACE SCULPTURE GETS RESTORATION AND FUNDRAISING SUPPORT FROM SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL
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      > Santa Monica, CA- Supporters of repairing and restoring the late Paul Conrad's monumental 26-foot-tall nuclear mushroom cloud peace sculpture were pleased that the Santa Monica City Council, at their January 22 meeting at City Hall, voted to give another year for the community and the Conrad family to raise the substantial funds needed to save the iconic landmarked public art sculpture, which Mr. Conrad had gifted to the City through a philanthropist's $250,000 peace donation, and which has been standing in the Santa Monica Civic Center since 1991. Paul Conrad was a 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist who died of natural causes on September 4, 2010 at the age of 86.
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      > The City Council, by a vote of 6-1, gave until February 1, 2014 for professional fundraiser Abby Arnold to help the Conrad family and community to secure the needed private foundation and individual large "Support Chain Reaction" donations, as well as any funding donations through smaller supportive contributions and grassroots fundraising events. The Council also voted to supply a positive fundraising letter of support and commitment. The Council authorized a commitment of up to $50,000 from the City general fund or Council contingency fund to be used on a dollar to dollar basis to assist with community fundraising. They also authorized the expenditure of $20,000 to temporally patch and secure the sculpture.
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      > More than 25 "Chain Reaction" supporters addressed the Council, including students and artists, as well as peace and anti-nuclear activists.
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      > Former Santa Monica Mayor Judy Abdo, who, in 1990, was on the Council when "Chain Reaction" was first approved, spoke again now to the current Council urging them to support saving the important sculpture.
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      > Paul Conrad's son David Conrad, who spoke at the meeting, said after the meeting that the City has taken a positive step forward to help restore his father's most monumental sculpture.
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      > Longtime art expert and art gallery owner, Robert Berman of the Robert Berman Gallery at the Bergamot Station Arts Center spoke supportively to the Council and said he would also assist with fundraising efforts. Carol Wells, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics also appealed to the Council to save and restore "Chain Reaction".
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      > Santa Monica peace activist Jerry Rubin, who also spoke at the meeting, said, following the Council vote, that Santa Monica rightfully has shown support for public art, landmarks and peace by voting to give the Conrad family and community another year to save a sculpture that has such a strong warning message against the dangers of continued worldwide nuclear weapons escalation.
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      > Rubin also showed the Council a pile of more than 300 petition signatures supporting the restoration of "Chain Reaction".
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      > Santa Monica attorney Ken Kutcher, who is representing David Conrad pro bono, spoke to the Council in support of the extension.
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      > The Santa Monica Landmarks Commission unanimously designated "Chain Reaction" a City Landmark at their July 9, 2012 meeting, and again unanimously in September, 2012 voted that the parcel of Civic Center land the sculpture stands on would also be part of the landmark designation. Landmarks Commissioner Barbara Kaplan also spoke at the meeting in support of refurbishing the public art landmarked sculpture.
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      > The Conrad family and community are inviting everyone to support the "Chain Reaction" restoration fundraising efforts, and are grateful to Santa Monica for the one- year fundraising time extension to save the creative sculpture that is made from giant chain links, and which was inscribed by Paul Conrad with the still- timely message: "This is a statement of peace. May it never become an epitaph."
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