Paul Conrad, the late 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist, will be remembered and honored at a “90th Birthday Public Gathering” on June 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the monumental 26-foot-tall ‚ÄòChain Reaction‚Äô peace sculpture he created and gifted to the City of Santa Monica in 1991. The sculpture, which warns of the dangers of nuclear escalation, is located in the Santa Monica Civic Center on the 1800 block of Main Street.
The event is free to the public and all ages are cordially invited. The featured speaker will be Robert Scheer, the award-winning journalist, Editor in Chief of Truthdig and former columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Scheer was a friend and co-worker of Mr. Conrad when they both worked at the L.A. Times.
‚ÄòChain Reaction‚Äô was declared a City landmark in July of 2012 by the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission. The City is currently working on the full restoration of the unique and timely sculpture. Paul Conrad‚Äôs family, the community and the ‚ÄòSave Chain Reaction‚Äô campaign helped raise more than $100,000 to assist Santa Monica with the restoration.
At the event, participants will be invited to share in a ‚Äò90 Cupcake Birthday Peace Symbol Display‚Äô, as the cupcakes are arranged to form a giant peace symbol. The cupcakes are being provided courtesy of the creative West Hollywood bakery Cake and Art. For further information call (310) 399-1000.