Our latest LA Quiz featured Chain Reaction, a public sculpture in Santa Monica. It seemed to be an innocuous figure when viewed among street lights and palm trees, until examined closely. I did a double take when I first saw it and thought, OMG, a nuclear explosion? Really?
So, did you recognize it? The twenty-six foot tall sculpture was constructed of what looks like of a jumbled chain of links shaped into a mushroom cloud. You’ll find this ominous image of a nuclear explosion at 1855 Main Street, across the street from the Rand Corporation building in the City of Santa Monica.
Created by the late Paul Conrad, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, the five and a half ton sculpture was constructed Peter M. Carlson, and installed in 1991. At the base of the Chain Reaction Paul Conrad placed a plaque with the inscription, “This is a statement of peace. May it never become an epitaph”. Due to concerns about the sculpture’s stability, in 2011 a protective fence was placed around it. Some felt the aging sculpture was not only ugly but a safety hazard as well. Since it was too expensive to repair it should be torn down. However, in 2014, the City Council approved some funds for eventual repairs and refurbishment. As of this posting the repairs have not been completed. It’s still very visible, in spite of the fence.
By the way, to see a sample of Paul Conrad’s politically charged cartoons go to www.pbs.org. Even if you have little or no knowledge of the issues of that time, you ‘ll appreciate how he used his razor sharp wit drive home his political opinions. See the map below for the location of Chain Reaction.
Are You Ready for the Next Quiz?
Take a look at the photo above. I’m featuring a public sculpture that’s a little more fun than mushroom clouds. See the diving lady on top of that building? Do you think there’s a pool nearby? Where in the world could you possibly see her? Well when you find her, you’ll also find a very colorful surprise. good luck.
In a hurry? You can get the answer to this LA Quiz at my About page. It will stay posted until the next quiz.
* * * * *
Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with the many popular and famous places I’ve featured on these posts. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at my earlier posts and see if you can identify what I featured in each post, or the location. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next post in sequence. Then gather up the family and go visit these interesting places. Enjoy LA and have fun.
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
Petersen Automotive Museum Says Look at Me! (Nov. 2015)
Pasadena City Hall: The Pride of Pasadena (Dec. 2015)
Claudio Ethos- Street Art in Los Angeles (Dec 31, 2015)
Welcome to Chinatown, Los Angeles (Feb. 2016)
The Eagle Rock Looms (April 2016)
Palisades Park- Santa Monica (May 2016)
El Parque de Mexico: A Nod to LA’s Heritage (June 2016)
The Broad- In the Heart of Downtown LA (Oct 2016)
Two Rodeo Drive- With a Stairway to Luxury (June 2017)