Ruth Asawa (born January 27, 1926) is a Japanese American artist, who is nationally recognized for her wire sculpture, public commissions, and her activism in education and the arts. In San Francisco, she has been called the "fountain lady" because so many of her fountains are on public view. Since the 1960s, Ruth received many commissions to make public sculptures and fountains. These works can be found in San Francisco, San Jose, and other places in Northern California. For some of the works, Asawa draws upon her life-long interest and experimentation with origami.
More of Asawa's work can be found here.