Fountains designed by George Tsutakawa can be found in public spaces throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. The fountain located inside the Burien Library was commissioned by the Burien Library Guild through a gift from local educator and longtime library supporter Andrew N. Thompson. The fountain was dedicated in 1972 in the former Burien Library as the Andrew Newton Thompson Memorial Fountain. The fountain was moved inside the Burien Library in 2010.
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About the Artist
George Tsutakawa (1910–1997) was an American painter and sculptor best known for his avant-garde bronze fountain designs. Born in Seattle, he was raised in both the United States and Japan. He attended the University of Washington, where, after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he became a teacher. He rose to international prominence as a fountain designer in the 1960s and 1970s. During his long career more than 70 of his distinctive fountains—many of them still extant—were placed in public spaces. Tsutakawa is often associated with the progressive 'Northwest School' of artists, and is among the most influential figures of modern Asian-American art.
1972, installed at Burien Library in 2010
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