Courtesy Photo

Council Gives Thumbs Up to Airport Sculpture

A glass sculpture of two adjoining feathered wings — 20 feet high — that pays tribute to the importance of Santa Barbara as a training site for marine pilots during WWII will soon greet travelers coming and going from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport as they pass by the Earle Ovington Terminal. The Santa Barbara City Council unanimously embraced the plans, designed by sculptor Douglas Lochner and sponsored by the Pierre Claeyssens veterans foundation. Crowbarring the project through the city process was John Blankenship, who recalled how 10 years ago Claeyssens — a major philanthropist who died in 2003 — gave him a check for $1 million and instructed him to follow his passion and never quit. Some members of the Airport Commission had expressed concern about visitors bumping their heads on the glass wings or the buildup of smudgy fingerprints, and praised the artists for addressing such issues with plan revisions.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Wife Recalls Husband’s Arrest By ICE Agents in Goleta

She said Jorge was convicted of a DUI 15 years ago but has stayed out of trouble ...

Supervisors Adopt New FEMA Flood Map for Montecito and Carpinteria

It’s not perfect, they say, but it will help people rebuild more safely.

Chumash Leaders Rebury Tuqan Man on San Miguel Island

Tests indicate the remains are between 9,700 and 10,200 years old

Eastside Group Tackles Diabetes

UCSB premed student steps up to fight childhood obesity.

Juana Holzer Testifies Against Ex-Husband

She denied Holzer showed any signs of mental illness during their six-year marriage.