Aurora, The Embarcadero, 1984-1986

“With Ruth, Art is not just an idea, or something to be talked about. It’s experiential.” — Susan Stauter, Asawa’s friend and mentee

Aurora. Photo by Randy Dodson © Fine Arts Museums of SF, Artwork 2021 RAL, Inc.

Aurora photographed by grandson Hudson Cuneo. Photo and Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Asawa at Latter Manufacturing assembling Aurora, 1985. Photo by Paul Glines. Artwork © 2021 RAL, Inc.

Albert Lanier, Asawa’s husband, often made technical drawings for Asawa’s commissions. 1985. Courtesy Estate of Ruth Asawa

Asawa teaching geometric patterns with milk cartons, c. 1981. Courtesy Estate of Ruth Asawa