By Hector Gonzalez|
April 16, 2015 -- Santa Monica's landmark “Chain Reaction” sculpture of a detonating A-bomb will be a local focal point of a global public action timed to the United Nation's five-year review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty this month.
Sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Los Angeles, the call to action will take place Sunday, April 26, at the sculpture site in front of Santa Monica Civic Center in the 1800 block of Main Street, at 1 p.m., said organizer Denise Duffield of PSR.
People in support of “the abolition movement” to eliminate nuclear weapons will gather for speeches, inter-faith prayer and a group photo session, joining others in U.S. Cities participating in Global Wave. All of the photos will then be sent to the UN a day before the review on April 27, she said.
“Global Wave is kind of a double-entendre,” said Duffield. “The event is going on across different time zones. So we're waving good-bye in different time zone and also waving good-bye to nuclear weapons.”
The day will begin with a peace rally in New York City “then proceed westward through each time zone every hour,” according to www.globalwave.com.
April 26 also is the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Duffield noted.
Intended by creator and famed LA Times cartoonist Paul Conrad to be statement against nuclear weapons, his 5.5-ton, 26-foot-tall sculpture made of hundreds of linked chains is undergoing a facelift after Save Chain Reaction raised more than $100,000 for its preservation.
City Council members voted in February to fund the balance of the work, which could top $420,000.
Officials are currently testing the sculpture's weak points. Designed by Conrad and built in 1999 by Peter M. Carlson, the sculpture includes an inscription at the base that reads, “This is a statement of peace. May it never become an epitaph.”
Duffield said it's a fitting location for an anti-nuclear proliferation rally.
“It depicts the chain reaction that happens when a quad-zillion of atoms split in a nuclear explosion,” Duffield said. “But it also depicts the chain reaction of peace actions globally that will lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons.”