We were saddened to hear of the passing of artist and sculptor Ruth Asawa today. Ruth Asawa was nationally recognized for her wire sculptures, public commissions, and her activism in education and the arts. She lived in San Francisco and we’re lucky to have so many of her public art pieces and sculptures still on display through out our city.
Asawa co-founded the Alvarado Arts Workshop for children in 1968 and followed up in 1982 by building the San Francisco School of the Arts, a public arts high school that was renamed in her honor two years ago. In addition to breaking the barriers of craft with her crocheted wire sculptures, Asawa dedicated herself to fostering the arts for local youth and adults.
The San Francisco Chronicle has a nice write up on her life and her work today.