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On His Birthday, a Famed Artist’s Masterpiece Faces the Bulldozer
Posted on Jun 26, 2013
The late political cartoonist Paul Conrad won the Pulitzer Prize so many times it was deemed unseemly to give him any more. Now, on the Thursday he would have turned 89, one of his masterpieces faces oblivion.
Titled “Chain Reaction,” Conrad built a sculpture in the heart of Santa Monica, a once-progressive city, directly across the street from the RAND Corporation. It is a huge, elegant, moving work that stands against the horror of war and nuclear holocaust.
The city has threatened to tear it down, for lack of funds to maintain it. It ought to be a meager budgetary concern in a place that polishes its streets multiple times a week and maintains a showcase water reclamation plant on its beachfront. A number of prominent community members, notably art gallery owner Robert Berman and this site’s editor in chief, would like to prevent that cultural catastrophe.
If you want to get involved, find out more about the fight to save “Chain Reaction” at this website.
Here are a few words about Conrad from his old friend, Robert Scheer:
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