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You can tell the difference between seals and sea lions - seals have shorter, stouter flippers and no visible ear flaps!

A Family of Seal Sculptures by Ruth Asawa

Not Baseball Players (Who were The San Francisco Seals?)
  Not the shiny visitors barking out on Seals Rock or entertaining the tourists in the waters along Fisherman's Wharf or lazing along the edges of Pier 39
  Not the gold stamp on Official Documents
  Not The Medallion On The Key To The City

SO ... WHAT — or — WHO ARE THEY?
Ruth Asawa  with Seal Fair Mascots
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San Franciscan and internationally acclaimed sculptor Ruth Asawa [you've seen her Mermaid Fountain at Ghirardelli Square, her San Francisco Celebration Fountain on the steps of the Hyatt at Union Square, her Japanese Internment Memorial in San Jose] has created the City's newest favorite logo, The Mascot for Harvest From the Sea, The San Francisco County Fair.

Seal  Sculpture by Ruth Asawa
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In Fact, Ruth has sculpted in clay a whole family, a mother (the cow, in seal or sea lion parlance), a father (the bull) and a baby (the pup). The figures will be enlarged to nearly life-size and then painted and put on display at Fair Time. Some of the painters will be famous already and some will be famous once they've finished their seal! And some of the seals will be auctioned (sponsor's choice).

Ruth Asawa's seal sculpture has been made into lifesize fiberglass models of the San Francisco Fair Mascot. Sponsored seals will be painted by local artists and displayed around the City and at the Fair.

See pictures of the first seal designed and painted by artist Amy Nelder.

Check here in October for a map of locations where you can view the finished seals.
AND there's a Special Seals Program for schools. The Adopt-A-Seal Program provides seal silhouettes on wood for decoration by students and teachers. Entries and awards will be displayed at the Fair. Please contact the Fair office for information.

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