ARTS & CULTURE
08/07/2013 05:42 pm ET

California Sculptor Ruth Asawa Dies

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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.

Ms. Asawa's name perhaps will serve as a reminder of the importance of preserving artwork. This year, a proposed Apple Store threatened her early 1970s "Hyatt on Union Square Fountain," on steps between the Hyatt Hotel and a now-closed, adjacent Levi's store.

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