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As a tribute to the airport's role as a Marine base from 1942-1946, the Santa Barbara Airport is getting a new pair of wings.
SANTA BARBARA, CA (Catholic Online) - A 20-foot glass sculpture, which honors World War II veterans, is going through the approval process with praise from veterans groups, arts associations, and architects. Since 2010, it's been the works when the Airport put out a call for a piece honoring the men and women at the airbase.
The sculpture consists of overlapped glass "feathers" to resemble wings and lit with LED lights on top of a small grassy hill near the front of the terminal. Visitors will be able to walk through it, as the sculpture will be arched.
Douglas Lochner, sculptor of the project, said that the piece is not so much a World War II monument as it is a veteran's monument. He mentioned that the veterans of that war weren't all professional soldiers. Both men and women left their families and careers behind, and in many cases gave up their lives, to save the world. The soldiers weren't so much warriors as they were angels, which is what inspired the wing design.
"This sculpture is there to essentially celebrate the men and women in World War II who sacrificed themselves to bring peace to the world," Lochner said.
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