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Letters: Maintaining public art

January 27, 2013

Re "Sculpture gets a reprieve," Jan. 24

Where is the common sense of the Santa Monica City Council when it comes to donated public art? The iconic "Chain Reaction" by the late Times cartoonist Paul Conrad hasn't cost the city of Santa Monica a single dime, yet it won't invest the minimal amount of maintenance necessary for such an outdoor sculpture.

Could you imagine if the federal government took the same position as Santa Monica when it comes to outdoor monuments such as the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument?

The point of public outdoor art is to cast a sense of controversy and discussion. If "Chain Reaction" is no longer welcome in a progressive venue such as Santa Monica, then where would it be appreciated with open arms?

Nicholas J. Antonicello

Venice Beach


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