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 our magazine.*
1. Lightning Gate, steel sculpture by Michael McMillen, 1990. Rincon Beach upper parking lot.
2. Harbor Seal Pup Fountain, by Bud Buttoms, 1992. Linden Ave., Carpinteria.
3. Rincon from the Caarpinteria Bluffs, mural by Whitney Brooks Abbott, 1996. 550 Linden Ave., Carpinteria.
4. World’s Safest Beach, mural by John Wullbrandt, 2012. Wullbrandt Way and Linden Ave., Carpinteria.
5. A Climate for Health and Wealth, mural by Summer Youth Mural Project. 4945 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria.
6. Untitled, ceramic mural by Marge Dunlap. 1991. Santa Barbara Social Services Building, 234 Camino Del Remedio.
7. Chromatic Gate, 21.5 ft. tall painted steel sculpture by Herbert Bayer, 1991. 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
8. 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.
9. Santa Barbara Friendship Fountain by Bud Bottoms, 1985. Stearns Wharf.
10. West Beach Waterfront Mosaics: The Syuxtun Story Circle, the Chumash Nation and Lori Ann David, opposite Ambassador Park; History of Environmentalism in Santa Barbara, Chapala Street PlazaThe Working Harbor, Bath St. and Sea Landing Walk; Los Banos Del Mar, Bath St. and Marina Walk; all by IrvineCabada ArtDesign, all unglazed ceramic tile and bronze inserts, 2010.
11. Lost-At-Sea Memorial Whale Tail Benches and Dolphin Torso, by Bud Bottoms, 2005. Santa Barbara Breakwater.
12. Orama II, kinetic sculpture by Miles Pepper, 1999. Leadbetter Beach.
13. Art at Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr. The Atkinson Gallery hosts six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional, and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. Other notable art on campus includes by Aris Demetrios, 2000 and Not Yet Full, sculpture by Ed Inks, 2012.
14. Art at Chase Palm Park, 325 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Untitled, bridge, play structure, compass by Susan Jordan, 1998. Untitled, play structures, sculpture, by Scott Peterson, 1998.
15. Funk Zone Murals, frequently changing art project. Helena Ave. and Mason St.
16. Doors at Anacapa Project, periodically changing art project. Yananoli St. between Anacapa St. and Helena Ave.
17. Shaman’s Dream, ceramic tiles by Viqui McCaslin, 1987. In front of the City Community Development Dept., 630 Garden St.
18. I Took A Trip on a Train, ceramic tile bench by Blair Looker, 1992. Railroad Station, 209 State St.
19. Untitled, murals by Dan Sayre Groesbeck, 1928. Mural Room, 2nd Floor, County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St. Visit art throughout the courthouse on all floors.
20. The Transportation of the Mail, six sunken plaster reliefs by William Atkinson, 1937. Santa Barbara Post Office, 836 Anacapa St.
21. Millenium Gate, steel sculpture by Rich Peterson, 2000. County Administration Bldg., 105 E. Anapamu St.
22. Art at La Arcada, 1114 State St. Mozart Trio Fountain by Bonifatius Stirnberg. Whale Tail Bench/Rocking Dolphin Benches by Bud Bottoms, 1990. Ben Franklin, sculpture by George Lundeen. Hawksbill Turtle, Dolphin head and Harbor Seal Pup Wall-facade Fountains by Bud Bottoms, 1992. Nice to See You, sculpture by J. Seward Johnson. Who’s in Charge, sculpture by J. Seward Johnson. The Carousel Mural by Donn Byrne. Indigenous Animals of the Channel Islands, sculptures by Bud Bottoms, 1994. The Generation Bridge, sculpture by J. Seward Johnson. Intermezzo, sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, 1988.
23. Portrait of Mexico Today, mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1932. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
24. Summer Solstice Celebration, murals by Richard McLaughlin and Benjamin Bottoms, 1995. West side of Granada parking garage.
25. Stocastic Possibilities, sculptures by Francis Michael Dawson, Jardin de las Granadas, 2010. 21 E. Anapamu St.
26. Art at Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. In addition to rotating galleries, the downtown library has several significant works of art on display including murals by Don Freeman, Albert Herter, Channing Peake and Howard Warshaw, and a light sculpture, Get All Your Ducks in A Row, by Milton Komisar.
27. Untitled, six-paneled tile mural by Joseph Knowles, first created in 1958, moved to its present location 2012. Chapala St. between W. Victoria and Sola streets.
28. Art at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, 400 W. Pueblo St. Cottage Health System, as part of its Healing Arts Program, purchased more than 1,200 pieces of original art by Central Coast artists. In addition to multiple sculpture gardens that surround the buildings, each floor of the hospital has a different theme related to the art on display.
29. Seascape Park Murals by Santa Barbara Arts Alliance youth program, 2011. Westside Community Center, 423 W. Victoria St.
30. Charge the Line, bronze by Rich Peterson, 1998. Fire Headquarters, 4410 Cathedral Oaks Rd.
31. Art at the Airport, 500 Fowler Rd.: (Outside) Albatross, kinetic sculpture by Dustin Shuler, 1996; Good Time Clock IV, kinetic sculpture by George Rhoads. (Inside) Fiesta, mural by Channing Peake, 1984. Originally commissioned for the downtown Restaurante del Paseo, it was in storage for more than 20 years till it was restored and installed at the Airport, 2nd fl., 2011; Santa Barbara 360°, ceramic tile medallion, Lori Ann David, 1st fl, 2011; Santa Barbara Star Gazing, wood beam stenciling, Vidya Gauci, 2nd fl., 2011; Giant Brown Kelp, patinated iron, Coleen M. Kelly, 2011.
32. Spirit of the Ocean, fountain, Ettore Cadorin, sandstone, 1928. County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St.
33. Crescent Crossing, brick and concrete sculptural bench by Donald Davis, 2002. 600 block of State St.
34. Beach Access, sculpture installation, concrete stairs by Tom Bortolazzo/Marc Appleton, 1985. Eucalyptus Lane, beach end of San Ysidro Rd.
35. Untitled, mural by Richard McLaughlin, 1994. Anisq’Oyo Park, Isla Vista.
36. Sea Look Out, wood installation by Lloyd Hamrol, 1987. Isla Vista Beach, Del Playa at Camino Corto.
37. Windamajig, kinetic sculpture by George Rhoads, 1989. Goleta Beach Park, 5986 Sandspit Rd.
38. The Peace Monument, sculpture installation, stone and steel by Colin Fraser Gray, 2003. People’s Park, Isla Vista.
39. 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, sbartscommission.org.
40. 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, sbartscommission.org.