Global Wave: Chain Reaction from Los Angeles

It’s built with chains. It depicts the chain reaction that happens when a quad-zillion of atoms split in a nuclear explosion. But it also depicts the chain reaction of peace actions globally that will lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons.

It is Chain Reaction, a 5.5-ton, 8-metre high peace monument composed of interlocking metal chains. It was designed by American editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad and built by Peter M. Carlson And on April 26, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Los Angeles will hold a Wave goodbye to nuclear weapons at the Chain Reaction sculpture.

PSR invites citizens from Los Angeles to join them at 1pm at the sculpture, which is installed adjacent to the Santa Monica Civic Center. An inscription at the base of the sculpture reads, "This is a statement of peace. May it never become an epitaph.’

‘Don’t miss this historic opportunity to vote with your hands for a nuclear weapons free world!’ says Denise Duffield, Associate Director of PSR-Los Angeles. ‘Our local Global Wave event will, in addition to calling for a nuclear weapons free world, commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, remembering its victims and all those who have been impacted by nuclear weapons, nuclear reactor accidents, and radioactive fallout and waste.’ 

The action is part of Global Wave 2015, a mobilization that calls on governments to abolish nuclear weapons and re-invest the $100 billion annual global nuclear weapons budget into areas of social need such as eliminating poverty, addressing climate change, and ensuring basic health care and education world-wide. 

Three years ago the sculpture was in danger of being removed by the Santa Monica City Council due to some corrosion. However, public fund-raising and campaigning, along with support from six previous mayors of Santa Monica, led to the sculpture achieving ‘city landmark status’ and thus protection and funds for restoration. 

Action details:

Global Wave for a Nuclear Weapons Free World
Sunday, April 26th at 1 pm
Chain Reaction Sculpture, Santa Monica Civic Center
1800 block of Main Street in Santa Monica
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For more information contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170 ext 104 or

Read more about Chain Reaction – website and Facebook page.

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