“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Andrea's Fountain

Andrea's Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2012
1. Andrea's Fountain Marker
Inscription. Then-owner William Roth selected Ruth Asawa, well known for her abstract, wire-woven sculptures, to design and create the centerpiece fountain for Ghirardelli Square. Although it was unveiled among some controversy in 1968, Asawa's objective was to make a sculpture that could be enjoyed by everyone. She spent one year thinking about the design and another year sculpting it from a live model and casting it in bronze.

Although landscape architect Lawrence Halprin attacked Asawa's design of a nursing mermaid nursing seated on a sea turtle for not being a "serious" work, Asawa's intentions were clear: "For the old it would bring back the fantasy of their childhood, and for the young it would give them something to remember when they grow old!

"I wanted to make something related to the sea...I thought of all the children, and maybe even some adults, who would stand by the seashore waiting for a turtle or a mermaid to appear. As you look at the sculpture you include the Bay view which was saved for all of us, and you wonder what lies below that surface."

The most photographed feature of Ghirardelli Square, the fountain was named in honor of Andrea Jepson, the woman who served as the model for the mermaid. (Marker Number 25.)
Location. 37° 48.358′ N, 122° 25.349′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from North Point Street near Larkin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clock Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); America's First Irish Coffee (about 600 feet away); Propellers from Klamath (about 600 feet away); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (about 700 feet away); The South End Rowing Club (about 800 feet away); Steam Donkey Engine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Triple-Expansion Steam Engine (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 3, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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