#5509 – 2020 First-Class Forever Stamps - Ruth Asawa: Miniature Single-Lobed, Three Layered Continuous Form

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U.S. #5509

2020 55¢ Ruth Asawa


Value:  55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)

Issue Date:  August 13, 2020

First Day City:  San Francisco, CA

Type of Stamp:  Commemorative

Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America

Printing Method:  Offset

Format:  Pane of 20

Self-Adhesive

Quantity Printed:  18,000,000

  In the art world, Ruth Asawa was known for her intricate wire sculptures.  But in San Francisco, she earned the reputation as the "Fountain Lady" for the ornate fountains she designed throughout the city.

Asawa's first fountain, Andrea, was for Ghirardelli Square.  It was her first public commission and first major representational work.  It depicts two mermaids with frogs, turtles, and lily pads, showing what wonders may lay beneath the water's surface.  The square's landscape architect had wanted an abstract work and called for the fountain to be replaced.  But the public loved it so much that they fought to keep it.

A number of Asawa's sculptures did take more abstract forms.  Several were inspired by
origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.  A pair of origami fountains in San Francisco's Japantown represent lotus blooms.  Her 13-foot Aurora is a wheel-shaped steel structure that has water flowing from its top and sides.

Asawa also worked in relief, as with her History of Wine for Beringer Winery.  The large vase-shaped fountain is covered with depictions of events from the history of wine culture in California's Napa Valley.


Asawa's fountains remain popular today.  On a daily basis, countless people stop to take pictures of her whimsical creations, examine the fine details, and appreciate how they flow with their surroundings.

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U.S. #5509

2020 55¢ Ruth Asawa


Value:  55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)

Issue Date:  August 13, 2020

First Day City:  San Francisco, CA

Type of Stamp:  Commemorative

Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America

Printing Method:  Offset

Format:  Pane of 20

Self-Adhesive

Quantity Printed:  18,000,000

 

In the art world, Ruth Asawa was known for her intricate wire sculptures.  But in San Francisco, she earned the reputation as the "Fountain Lady" for the ornate fountains she designed throughout the city.

Asawa's first fountain, Andrea, was for Ghirardelli Square.  It was her first public commission and first major representational work.  It depicts two mermaids with frogs, turtles, and lily pads, showing what wonders may lay beneath the water's surface.  The square's landscape architect had wanted an abstract work and called for the fountain to be replaced.  But the public loved it so much that they fought to keep it.

A number of Asawa's sculptures did take more abstract forms.  Several were inspired by
origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.  A pair of origami fountains in San Francisco's Japantown represent lotus blooms.  Her 13-foot Aurora is a wheel-shaped steel structure that has water flowing from its top and sides.

Asawa also worked in relief, as with her History of Wine for Beringer Winery.  The large vase-shaped fountain is covered with depictions of events from the history of wine culture in California's Napa Valley.


Asawa's fountains remain popular today.  On a daily basis, countless people stop to take pictures of her whimsical creations, examine the fine details, and appreciate how they flow with their surroundings.