The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Foundation has commissioned a one-of-a-kind tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps and the people who supported them. The monument centers on a twenty-foot tall glass sculpture prominently placed in front of the new Santa Barbara Airport Terminal. A significant element to this project is the Museum board’s strong commitment to telling the story of the airport when it served as a Marine base during WWII to help future generations recognize the vital role Santa Barbara played in ending the war.
It all began in November 2010, when the Santa Barbara Airport, on behalf of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum (PCVM), issued a Public Art Request for Qualifications for the project. The “call,” open to artists nationwide, was