The Aluminum Fountain

The symmetrical tall sculpture in front of you was created by George Tsutakawa in 1974. George Tsutakawa has created fountains all over the United States and Japan. In congruence with Mr. Tsutakawas design style, the Aluminum Fountain is a superb display of the harmony between nature and water. The fountain is ideally placed with a lush green backdrop of Spokane's Riverfront Park.

George Tsutakawa has attributed historical structures like stone towers, Japan pagodas, totem poles and obos (stacked rock structures found in Asia's soaring mountain passes) to be a muse for him when conceptualizing his fountains. The Aluminum Fountain is one of the artists representations of an obos.

George Tsutakawa was born in Seattle in 1910, but at a young age was sent to live with relatives in Japan. It was on that island, that Mr. Tsutakawa adopted the culture and traditions of the Japanese. Mr. Tsutakawa eventually moved back to Seattle and served as a Japanese language instructor at the Army's Military Intelligence School during World War II. Using the GI bill, a benefit he earned while serving in the military, Tsutakawa started graduate school at the University of Washington to study art. After a very long and successful career, the mastermind behind this striking fountain in front of you died on December 18, 1997.

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