Over the years, Santa Barbara View has chronicled the lost luster of Herbert Bayer’s Chromatic Gate. In January 2012, adorned by dirt, mold, and even a discarded shoe this significant piece of artwork looked worse than ever. Santa Barbara View pressed City Councilman Bendy White and teamed with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission (SBCAC) to get something done. Kellam de Forrest provided the definition of demolition by neglect, and efforts to help restore the Chromatic Gate gained traction. In March, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider acknowledged to KEYT that, “it’s filthy and (she) is hoping funds can be found to give it a fresh look.” Last week, SBCAC proudly announced that they have made significant progress to raise necessary funding to restore the Chromatic Gate back to its original brilliance!
“I think Santa Barbara View did get the ball rolling I appreciate that early on your website started people thinking about the much needed restoration. ” said Rita A. Ferri, Curator of Collections, Visual Arts Coordinator County Arts Commission. “We did have smaller donations, but I think the amazing heartfelt generosity of David Jacoby from the Jacoby Family Trust got the energy going; when Mercedes Eichholz heard about it she decided to match his $10,000 and Santa Barbara Beautiful is dedicating $10,000 more. We definitely want to have enough funds in place to maintain the sculpture (washing and waxing) so that it will never get to this point of disrepair again”.
Congratulations Santa Barbara “Viewers”. Your comments and interest made this happen.