Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Begins Assessing ‘Chain Reaction’|
By Hector Gonzalez
To get to the mushroom cloud’s fiberglass interior dome, a conservator and a structural engineer will first need to design “scaffolding which will provide the necessary access to conduct the assessment,” Lee said.
Created by Conrad in the shape of an A-bomb blast, “Chain Reaction” is supported by a steel frame substructure encased in a fiberglass mold. The mold is covered with hundreds of copper chain links welded together and affixed to the fiberglass with screws and wire, according to the Save Chain Reaction residents’ group, which launched a year-long fund-raising effort on behalf of the artwork.
Some of the supporting fasteners, however, were found to be missing, not fully imbedded, or showing signs of corrosion, according to a previous City analysis of the sculpture.
Because it’s difficult to access, the condition of the mushroom dome’s interior mold is unknown, Save Chain Reaction’s website said. The earlier assessment by the City, however, found that the sculpture overall is not in danger of collapsing and poses no danger to the public.
To pay for the repair work, Save Chain Reaction, led by David Conrad, the artist’s son, raised more than $100,000. Then in February, the City Council voted to pay for the rest of the repair work, which could cost as much as $423,000.
Only Councilman Bob Holbrook voted against funding the repairs, saying he had qualms about spending up to $300,000 in City funds on the project.
|copyrightCopyright 1999-2015 surfsantamonica.com. All Rights Reserved.||Disclosures|