Paul Conrad, the artist who created the static, impenetrable and prone-to-decay “Chain Reaction” used creative liberties to portray a dynamic, penetrable phenomenon, which had effects beyond its contemporary generations of humankind.

Ironically some of your readers praise the work for its symbol of lives saved in WWII by the dropping of the bombs by the U.S.A. End the war sooner and save lives!

Others say it is a cruel reminder of the bad geopolitical advice of the RAND think tank.

Supporters of the sculpture should take some artistic license today and place the work of art in a bowl-shaped hole in the ground, with at least one-third of its height being below ground level. A wall, like a wave from the earth bowl below, could rise 4 feet above ground to protect the sculpture. The “wave wall” could be solid with metal or wood openings.

Conrad’s art, though it just may be his largest work, is a small replica of the original events. Let humans look down into an earth bowl and ponder “Chain Reaction” and humanity’s impact on the earth and universe. Why look up to it?

Put “Chain Reaction” in the new park.

Across from RAND, where it is now, put large rearrangeable dominos to symbolize the failed concept of the Southeast Asia domino effect.


Kyle Conrad

Santa Monica

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