'Chain Reaction' (File photo)
‘Chain Reaction’ (File photo)


Excellent and important piece by [columnist Charles] Andrews (“Please, let that stupid mushroom cloud go,” Curious City, Sept. 28-29).

For me, as the creator and chair of the Santa Monica Arts Commission that approved “Chain Reaction,” and a 10-year member, it was the art that was the issue, not the politics. I continue to see it that way. It is a unique work, probably the most important in the city’s collection and, of course, it’s interesting that it was privately funded.

In an important city like Santa Monica, we don’t have much in the way of art. Even our newest, best library at Sixth Street is without art, and “Chain Reaction” looks like it was just dropped off by a truck and left there.


Paul Leaf

Santa Monica

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