Santa Monica considers saving anti war sculpture
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- The two-year chain reaction of controversy that a giant sculpture of a nuclear mushroom cloud set off across the otherwise friendly shores of Santa Monica may be ending.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to move ahead with plans to restore the aging, three-story work called "Chain Reaction."
Two years ago its fate looked grim. City officials said they couldn't afford to spend about $400,000 to repair the gift from Los Angeles Times cartoonist Paul Conrad. Some residents said it looked ugly anyway.
After supporters raised more than $100,000 for repairs, City Manager Rod Gould and others had a change of heart.
They now recommend that money be put toward repairs and the city cover the rest.
The final decision rests with the City Council.