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August 8, 2013

2013-08-08 Asawa in memoriumFrom Tami

I wanted to take a moment to remember Ruth Asawa.  I have blogged here about her in the past. Her wire sculptures are a great inspiration to me, as they are to many others.  But she did many public works of art and was involved in advocacy of art education for children
and adults.  Pictured here is her son sitting on the form built in her family’s backyard to store the bronze panels as they were completed for the “Hyatt Fountain on Union Square” 1973.  Hundreds of children created neighborhood vignettes from dough and Asawa then cast the work in bronze.  She was able to combine art and life and education, effortlessly.  At Black Mountain College she studied with painter Josef Albers, dancer Merce Cunningham, and architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller.  And you can see all of their influences in her work I think.  A prime example of the flavor of work we celebrate here on Chairs and Buildings.

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