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The Whimsical Detail of Ruth Asawa’s San Francisco Fountain

A fitting testament to the city it depicts, the San Francisco Fountain portrays a city “both real and unreal which anyone can enter at will.”

After two years of work, world-renowned San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa finished this intricately detailed monument to San Francisco in 1972, featuring whimsical bas-relief scenes of the city. The large circular fountain is comprised of 41 individual bronze panels overflowing with San Francisco landmarks—all arranged relative to their location to Union Square—along with fantastical fictional characters.


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