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Chromatic Gate Restoration Begins

Herbert Bayer’s Iconic Sculpture Gets a Facelift


Monday, February 25, 2013
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Herbert Bayer’s iconic Chromatic Gate is finally getting a facelift. Over the next six weeks, the Cabrillo Boulevard sculpture will undergo maintenance and repainting to correct environmental damages. The project is a collaborative effort by the County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara City Parks and Recreation, and City Public Works.

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And how much will that cost? I bet the fence and scaffolding and covering alone are already costing a bunch that could be better used for other art-supporting efforts. I love art and sculpture, but that piece never seemed successful in what it purports to be. Maybe in part that's due to its unfortunate location where no pedestrians ever come by except for some of the homeless population who have other things to worry about than the condition of a mediocre artwork. But driving by at that busy intersection doesn't allow for the right meditative mood that one would need to at least try to enjoy its effect. The beautiful mountain panorama behind it is magnificent enough in itself and doesn't need to be framed. It would work better in some architecural setting that needs enhancement, such as the Court House gardens or De La Guerra Plaza. - Can it be relocated as part of its refurbishment?

peterlackner (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Relax Mr. Lackner, the restoration is coming from private donations. You'd be surprised what a beating the sun can give to a paint job.
The artist Herbert Bayer was an influential leader of the Bauhaus movement (not the band) so someday it might end up in the museum.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 1:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm betting "peterlackner" is more of a Max Beckmann fan.

And I don't think it's necessary to tell him about either Bayer or the Bauhaus, "Ken_Volok."

binky (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 1:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My second paragraph was aimed for the general audience and not necessarily meant to imply Mr. Lackner is or isn't knowledgeable about the fine details of Art History.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I love Max Beckmann, but wasn't he a Munich "Jugenstil" [German Expressionist] painter...? Lot of his stuff from 1900 - 1920, right? Lots of self-portraits of him smoking a cigarette with nonchalant attitude...but the INNER Max was...frightening...ghosts of WW I and leading into WW II..think, The White Ribbon film by Michael Haneke...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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