A wonderful sculptor, Ruth Asawa, died in San Francisco.


Sculptor Ruth Asawa and photographer Imogen Cunningham view details from Asawa’s whimsical fountain on the plaza at the Hyatt Hotel at Union Square in 1973. Preliminary plans to relocate the downtown Apple Store to the site may mean the fountain would be dismantled. Photo: Arthur Frisch, The Chronicle

Sculptor Ruth Asawa arranges figures for the casting of her fountain for the plaza on the Hyatt Hotel at Union Square. Photo: Chronicle Archives, The Chronicle

Ruth Asawa, one of California’s most admired sculptors and the first Asian American woman in the nation to achieve recognition in a male-dominated discipline, died Monday night of natural causes at her home in San Francisco. She was 87.

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Surfing on the Eisbach-München

The Eisbach (German for “ice brook”) is a small man-made river in Munich. It flows through the park Englischer Garten and is a tributary of the Isar River. A manmade wave has been created on one section.


a bridge near the Haus der Kunst art museum, the river forms a standing wave about 1 metre high, which is a popular river surfing spot. The water is cold and shallow (sometimes only 40 cm deep), making it suitable only for experienced surfers.