The Santa Barbara County Government Center on Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria will light up this summer with a new art installation by a local artist.
"Valley of Light" was designed by Nancy Jo Ward, Professor of Design at Allan Hancock College, and includes seven tree-like sculptures with brightly colored, translucent acrylic leaves. The leaves will be lit by 100% solar-powered LED lights, connected to the new solar grid at the Government Center.
This will be the third public art installation at the Betteravia campus, joining a mural by Los Streetscapers and a new floral steel façade treatment on the Public Health, Probation, and Social Services buildings by Santa Maria-based artist Juan Manuel Perez Salazar.
As part of the "Valley of Light" project, students from Allan Hancock College's Fine Arts Department will develop a free, bilingual engagement map for public art at the Government Center.
A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held once "Valley of Light" is installed this summer.