The Santa Maria Public Library will help stock the shelves, he said.
Each library will provide corresponding programming for the duration of the exhibition, said Sarah York Rubin, executive director of the County Office of Arts and Culture, a division of the County Community Services Department that serves as a governmental umbrella for arts and culture activities.
Arts Commission Chairman Dennis Smitherman said the project will “provide a platform for communities throughout the county to interact with and experience the power of public art.”
Lochner’s proposal was chosen through an open submission process juried by representatives from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Arts Commission, the Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara City College, Moxi, the City Arts Advisory Committee and the Book Den.
His works were initially displayed on State Street in Santa Barbara in an exhibit produced by the city of Santa Barbara and the Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara Beautiful, Downtown Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation and community supporters.
Following the success of the exhibition, the Arts Commission voted to pay for transporting the sculptures to public libraries countywide.