Public Art Treasures
Look up, look down, because these murals and sculptures are all around! Public art beautifies our cities and gives us an additional reason to get outside and explore. Here is a handy guide to the local sights from south to north. Listed numbers correspond to the map in the Explore section of SANTA BARBARA SEASONS MAGAZINE.
1. Lightning Gate steel sculpture by Michael McMillen, 1990. Rincon Beach upper parking lot.
3. Untitled ceramic mural by Marge Dunlap, 1991. Santa Barbara Social Services Building, 234 Camino Del Remedio.
4. Chromatic Gate, 21-1/2 ft. tall painted steel sculpture by Herbert Bayer, 1991. 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
5. It’s Raining, ceramic fountain by Marge Dunlap, 1984, the courtyard of Las Aves, a small business center across Los Patos Way near the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.
6. West Beach Waterfront Mosaics:
History of Environmentalism in Santa Barbara, IrvineCabada ArtDesign, Chapala Street Plaza,;
The Syuxtun Story Circle, the Chumash Nation and Lori Ann David, opposite Ambassador Park;
The Working Harbor, IrvineCabada Art Design, Bath Street and Sea Landing Walk;
Los Baños Del Mar, IrvineCabada ArtDesign, Bath Street and Marina Walk; all unglazed ceramic tile and bronze inserts, 2010
7. Orama II kinetic sculpture by Miles Pepper, 1999, Leadbetter Beach.
8. Untitled bridge, play structure, compass by Susan Jordan, 1998. Chase Palm Park, 325 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
9. Untitled play structures, sculpture by Scott Peterson, 1998. Chase Palm Park, 325 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
10. Shaman’s Dream, ceramic tiles by Viqui McCaslin, 1987. In front of the City Community Development Dept., 630 Garden St.
11. I Took a Trip on a Train, ceramic tile bench by Blair Looker, 1992. Railroad Station, 209 State St.
13. Untitled, murals, by Dan Sayre Groesbeck, 1928. Mural Room, 2nd Floor, County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St. There are many works of art throughout the Courthouse on all floors.
14. Millenium Gate, sculpture, steel, by Rich Peterson, 2000. County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu St.
15. Portrait of Mexico Today, mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1932. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
16. Summer Solstice Celebration, murals, by Richard McLaughlin and Benjamin Bottoms, 1995. West side of Granada parking garage. These energetic murals were in storage since 1998, now restored, they have been at their current location since 2009.
17. Stocastic Possibilities, outdoor sculptures by Francis Michael Dawson, Jardin de las Granadas, 2010. 21 E. Anapamu St.
18. Charge the Line, Rich Peterson, Bronze, 1998. Fire Headquarters, 4410 Cathedral Oaks Road.
19. ART AT THE AIRPORT, 500 Fowler Rd:
(Outside), Albatross, kinetic sculpture by Dustin Shuler, 1996. Santa Barbara Airport;
Good Time Clock IV, kinetic sculpture by George Rhoads, 1990;
(Inside), Fiesta, mural by Channing Peake, 1984. Originally commissioned for the downtown Restaurante del Paseo; it was in storage for more than 20 years until it was restored and installed at the Airport, 2nd fl. 2011;
Santa Barbara 360°, ceramic tile medallion, Lori Ann David, 2011, 1st fl.;
Santa Barbara Star Gazing, Wood Beam Stenciling, Vidya Gauci, 2nd fl., 2011;
Giant Brown Kelp, patinated iron railing, Coleen M. Kelly., 2011
20. Spirit of the Ocean, fountain, Ettore Cadorin, sandstone, 1928, County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St.
21. Untitled, 6 paneled mural, tile, Joseph Knowles, first created in 1958, moved to its present location 2012, Chapala St. between W. Victoria and Sola Streets.
22. Crescent Crossing, Donald Davis, brick and concrete sculptural bench, 2002. 600 block of State St.
23. Beach Access, sculpture installation, concrete stairs, Tom Bortolazzo/Marc Appleton, 1985, Eucalyptus Lane, Beach end of San Ysidro Rd.
24. Untitled mural by Richard McLaughlin, 1994. Anisq’Oyo Park, Isla Vista.
25. Sea Look Out, wood installation by Lloyd Hamrol, 1987. Isla Vista Beach, Del Playa at Camino Corto.
26. windamajig, kinetic sculpture by George Rhoads, 1989. Goleta Beach Park, 5986 Sandspit Rd.
27. The Peace Monument, sculpture installation, stone and steel by Colin Fraser Gray, 2003, People’s Park, Isla Vista.
Free education-related galleries
28. Art, Design & Architecture Museum at University California Santa Barbara UCSB’s AD&A holds an impressive fine art collection, as well as one of the largest architectural archives in North America, and includes drawings, photographs, manuscripts, and furniture by architects and designers. In addition it engages contemporary artists in exhibits and programs. UCSB. Open Wednesday–Sunday, noon–5 p.m. 805/893-2951, www.museum.ucsb.edu.
29. Contemporary Arts Forum The leading contemporary arts presenter in Central California, CAF is a nonprofit dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing the artists of tomorrow with innovative exhibitions both inside its walls and throughout the community. 653 Paseo Nuevo. Open Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m. 805/966-5373, www.sbcaf.org.
30. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Seeking to educate students and the larger community about the power and value of the visual arts in our world through physical, critical and spiritual engagement with the creative process and its result, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art offers a wide variety of exhibitions. Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd., Montecito. Open Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 805/565-6162, http://westmontmuseum.org.
31. Channing Peake Gallery, since first dedicated in 1989 this regional gallery exhibits the finest work of artists from throughout the tri-counties and beyond. The gallery was named in honor of artist Channing Peake because of his lifetime commitment to public art and long record of community services. County Administration Building, 1st floor, 105 E. Anapamu St. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 805/568-3990, www.sbartscommission.org.
32. City Hall Gallery, This gallery was established to showcase outstanding regional artists of both historic and contemporary importance, with works related to the history, design and culture of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara City Hall, 1st floor, on De la Guerra Plaza. www.sbartscommission.org.