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George Tsutakawa papers

Creator:
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Names:
University of Washington  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1991
Summary:
The papers of Washington-based sculptor and educator George Tsutakawa measure 1 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1991. The papers document his career as a painter, sculptor, and teacher and include biographical material, correspondence, exhibition files, membership records, project files, and printed material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Washington-based sculptor and educator George Tsutakawa measure 1 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1991. The papers document his career as a painter, sculptor, and teacher and include biographical material, correspondence, exhibition files, membership records, project files, and printed material.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a sculptor, painter, and teacher who primarily worked in Seattle, Washington. Tsutakawa was born in Seattle, but he was educated and raised in Japan from 1917 to 1927. Upon his return to Seattle, he enrolled in high school and later attended the University of Washington School of Art (1932-1937), where he majored in sculpture.

During World War II, his family was sent to the Japanese American incarceration camps, while Tsutakawa served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. After the war, he returned to Seattle and in 1947 he married his wife Ayame, whom he had met at one of the Japanese incarceration camps he visited in order to see and help family members during the war. That same year, Tsutakawa also started teaching at the University of Washington, where he resumed his studies and got his M.F.A. in 1950.

From the late 1950s through 1970s, Tsutakawa rose to prominence for his designs of fountains, usually made from bronze or welded steel. Over the course of his career, he designed fountains for roughly 80 commissions across the United States and Japan. During this time, he continued to teach at the University of Washington until his retirement in 1976. He died in Seattle in 1997.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with George Tsutakawa conducted 1983 September 8-19, by Martha Kingsbury; an oral history interview with George Tsutakawa conducted 1987 June 26-27, by his daughter Mayumi Tsutakawa; and the George Tsutakawa in Japan video project recordings.
Provenance:
The George Tsutakawa papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by George Tsutakawa in 1991.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Educators -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Citation:
George Tsutakawa papers, 1963-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tsutgeor2
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George Tsutakawa papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-tsutgeor2

Everything she touched the life of Ruth Asawa by Marilyn Chase

Author:
Chase, Marilyn 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Biography
Electronic books
Place:
United States
Date:
2020
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
ART--Sculpture & Installation  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
NB237.A82 C49 2020 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
1-user
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1145458

Patti Warashina papers

Creator:
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Names:
Lee Nordness Galleries  Search this
Currier, Anne, 1950-  Search this
Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Lucero, Michael, 1953-  Search this
Sperry, Robert, 1927-1998  Search this
Extent:
4.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1900-1991
bulk 1970-1989
Summary:
The papers of ceramicist and sculptor Patti Warashina (b. 1940) date from circa 1900 and 1957 through 1991, bulk 1970-1989. The collection consists of 4.8 linear feet of correspondence and printed material reflecting the many ceramic and craft exhibitions and other projects Warashina participated in throughout the United States, and her associations with other ceramicists. Also included are biographical documents, writings, art works, several photographs, and a video.
Scope and Content Note:
The Patti Warashina papers measure 4.8 linear feet and date from circa 1900 and 1957 through 1991 (bulk 1970-1989). The collection documents the artistic and teaching career of Seattle-based sculptor and ceramicist Patti Warashina predominantly through correspondence and printed material reflecting the many ceramic and craft exhibitions and other projects Warashina participated in throughout the United States, and her associations with other ceramicists. Also included are biographical documents, writings, art works, several photographs, and a video.

Biographical material includes family trees, diplomas, awards, and documents relating to Warashina's family Japanese internment during WWII. Correspondence, 1968-1991, relating to exhibitions and other projects, is with galleries, museums, purchasers, publishers, and others, among them the Lee Nordness Gallery (N.Y.), Morgan Gallery (Kansas City), and Theo Portney Gallery (Seattle). Additional correspondence files contain letters received, 1977-1990, many addressed to Warashina and her husband Bob (Robert Sperry), from friends, colleagues, former students and family members, including Nancy Carmen, Anne Currier, Deborah Horrell, Matthew Kangas, Howard Kottler, Marvin Lipofsky, Michael Lucero, and others.

Ten photographs, circa 1900-1944, are portraits of Warashina's relatives and family, and several snapshots, circa 1970s, are of former students and works of art. Printed material, 1961-1990, includes newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, journals, newsletters, exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, and workshop announcements for Warashina's various sculpture and ceramic lectures. Writings include both published and unpublished works by Warashina, including an artist's statement for a possible lecture at the 1986 conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Also found here are handwritten notes on a panel discussion titled Cultural and Racial Heritage: Sources and Imagery in which Warashina was a participant along with artists Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, María Brito Avellana, and Indira Johnson. Art work consists of blue line drawings for her sculpture "Red Earth," 1986 as well as a pen and ink sketch of Warashina by an unidentified artist. A videocassette, 1987, is of the television program "The Big A: Different Ways of Seeing", in which Warashina appears briefly.
Arrangement:
The Patti Warashina papers are arranged as seven series based primarily on type of material. The correspondence in Series 2 is arranged chronologically for exhibitions and projects and general letters received. Additional letters received are arranged by name of author.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1974-1991, undated (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1957, 1967-1991, undated (Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1900- circa 1959, 1971, undated (Box 3; 3 folders)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1961-1990, undated (Boxes 3-6, OV 7; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1984, 1986, 1989, undated (Box 6; 4 folders)

Series 6: Artwork, 1986, undated (Box 6; 2 folders)

Series 7: Miscellany, 1987, undated (Box 6; 2 folders)
Biographical Note:
Ceramicist and sculptor Patti Warashina was born in 1940 as Masae Patricia Warashina in Spokane, Washington to third generation Japanese emigrants. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she studied with sculptors Robert Sperry, Harold Myers, Rudy Autio, Shoji Hamada, Shinsaku Hamada, and Ruth Penington. She received her first solo exhibition in 1962 at the Phoenix Art Gallery in Seattle the same year she graduated with an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Warashina later married fellow student Fred Bauer and from 1964 to 1970 exhibited as Patti Bauer.

Influences in Warashina's art include California funk and sculptural ceramics. Her work is best known for its whimsical themes expressed through low-fire highly colored figurative images. Together with fellow artists Robert Sperry, Howard Kottler and Fred Bauer, she brought national recognition to the department of ceramics at the University of Washington's School of Art beginning in the 1980s.

Patti Warashina is a recipient of several awards for achievements in the field of crafts, most recently the Twining Humber Award granted by Seattle's Artists Trust in 2002. She received the Governor's Award of Special Commendation for the Arts in 1980 in addition to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both 1975 and 1986. In 1978, Warashina was awarded a World Craft Council Travel Grant which allowed her to conduct research on the ceramic arts process in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Bali and the Philippines. Warashina's teaching career spans over 30 years and includes positions at the University of Wisconsin, Eastern Michigan University, and at her alma mater where she has taught for over 25 years. Her work is featured in several museum collections in both the U.S. and abroad including the American Craft Museum in New York, the Seattle Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Ichon World Ceramic Center in Korea. Since her marriage to ceramicist Robert Sperry in 1976, she has used Patti Warashina as her professional name. Patti Warashina is a resident of Seattle, Washington.
Provenance:
The Patti Warashina papers were donated by the artist to the Archives of American Art in 1991.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Patti Warashina papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Women sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Women artists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Ceramicists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Japanese American families -- Photographs  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Patti Warashina papers, circa 1990-1991, bulk 1970-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.warapatt
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Patti Warashina papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-warapatt
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Patti Warashina papers, circa 1900-1991, bulk 1970-1989

Creator:
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Subject:
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Lucero, Michael  Search this
Kottler, Howard  Search this
Sperry, Robert  Search this
Currier, Anne  Search this
Lee Nordness Galleries  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Photographs
Topic:
Women sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Women artists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Asian American women artists  Search this
Ceramicists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Japanese American families -- Photographs  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5577
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214325
AAA_collcode_warapatt
Theme:
Craft
Women
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214325
Online Media:

George Tsutakawa: An Artist's Pilgrimage

Creator:
Archives of American Art  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-06-23T14:24:25Z
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Youtube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
SmithsonianAAA
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAAA
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_q0XG66fdVEE

Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa [videorecording], 1987 June 26-27

Interviewee:
Tsutakawa, George, 1910-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Tsutakawa, Mayumi  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State)  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11658
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216534
AAA_collcode_tsutak87
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216534

Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa, 1983 September 8-19

Interviewee:
Tsutakawa, George, 1910-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Archipenko, Alexander  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Fountains -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11913
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216593
AAA_collcode_tsutak83
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216593
Online Media:

George Tsutakawa papers, 1963-1991

Creator:
Tsutakawa, George, 1910-1997  Search this
Subject:
University of Washington  Search this
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10464
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213875
AAA_collcode_tsutgeor2
Theme:
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213875
Online Media:

Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa

Interviewee:
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Interviewer:
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-  Search this
Names:
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964  Search this
Extent:
119 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 September 8-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of George Tsutakawa conducted 1983 September 8-19, by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, in Seattle, Washington.
Tsutakawa speaks of his youth in Japan and Seattle, and the importance of a bicultural family and education on his development; the influence of European art magazines and American movies in Japan; family members who were influential; his early sculpture; Alexander Archipenko; the Asian art community in Seattle; teaching at the University of Washington School of Architecture; Bauhaus philosophy; the Seattle Public Library fountain; his World War II experiences; art and World's Fairs; fountains he has sculpted and his feelings about them; and permanency in art.
Biographical / Historical:
George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a sculptor from Seattle, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 43 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Fountains -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.tsutak83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tsutak83

Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa [videorecording]

Creator:
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Interviewer:
Tsutakawa, Mayumi  Search this
Extent:
12 Items (Master: 12 videocassettes (Beta) (circa 20 min. each), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
4 videocassettes (u-matic) (Duplicate (3 sets, 12 total videocassettes), sd., col., 3/4 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1987 June 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of George Tsutakawa conducted 1987 June 26-27, by his daughter Mayumi Tsutakawa, for the Archives of American Art at Tsutakawa's home and studio in Seattle, Washington and at three of his fountain sculpture sites.
He discusses his youth and early education in Japan, demonstrates Sumi painting, and describes early Seattle art communities and University of Washington classes. He recalls his WWII experiences and his friendship with Mark Tobey and others, and explains the origins and evolution of fountain sculpture. Paul J. Karlstrom of the Archives of American Art introduces and concludes the interview.
General:
Originally recorded on 12 videocassettes. Duration is 4 hr.
Related Materials:
This interview was followed up in 1988 by documenting Tsutakawa's return to Fukuyama, Japan to dedicate a major work for the city's new museum of contemporary art (cataloged separately under George Tsutakawa in Japan video project). Footage from this interview was used, along with footage from the 1988 Fukuyama footage, in the documentary "George Tsutakawa: An Artists' Pilgrimage" c1990 by the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Washington (State)  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State)  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.tsutak87
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tsutak87

Takaezu family

Subject:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1927
Topic:
Families  Search this
Japanese American families  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Japanese American women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16832
See more items in:
Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16832
Online Media:

Isamu Noguchi

Creator:
Newspictures  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
circa 1940
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)2302
See more items in:
Elizabeth McCausland papers, 1838-1995, bulk 1920-1960
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_2302

Sugao no Isamu Noguchi : Nichi-Bei 54-nin no shōgen / Shikoku Shinbunsha hen = Isamu Noguchi, human aspect as a contemporary : 54 witnesses in Japan and America / The Shikoku Shinbun, planning

Title:
素顔のイサム・ノグチ : 日米 54人の証言 / 四国新聞社編 = Isamu Noguchi, human aspect as a contemporary : 54 witnesses in Japan and America / The Shikoku Shinbun, planning
Isamu Noguchi, human aspect as a contemporary : 54 witnesses in Japan and America
Author:
Shikoku Shinbunsha  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Physical description:
224, 160 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2002
Topic:
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Call number:
NB237.N6 S8 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_868924

The life of Isamu Noguchi : journey without borders / Masayo Duus ; translated by Peter Duus

Title:
Journey without borders
Author:
Duus, Masayo 1938-  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Physical description:
439 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
2004
C2004
Topic:
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Call number:
NB237.N6 D8813 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_740470

Quiet light : an installation of Isamu Noguchi's Akari light sculptures, July 20-September 17, 1994, The Gallery at Takashimaya / by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

Author:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Williams, Tod (Tod C.)  Search this
Tsien, Billie  Search this
Gallery at Takashimaya (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 x 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1994
20th century
Topic:
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB237.N6 A42 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_489610

Yuriko Yamaguchi : interconnected in art, nature, science, and technology / curated and edited by Rima Girnius, PhD

Title:
Interconnected in art, nature, science and technology
Sculptor:
Yamaguchi, Yuriko 1948-  Search this
Curator:
Girnius, Rima  Search this
Contributing author:
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Host institution:
Figge Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Yamaguchi, Yuriko 1948-  Search this
Physical description:
36 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Japan
Date:
2015
21st century
Topic:
Women sculptors  Search this
Sculpture, Abstract  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Science in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1040813

Listening to stone : the art and life of Isamu Noguchi / Hayden Herrera

Author:
Herrera, Hayden  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 575 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
Topic:
Sculptors  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1042915

Isamu Noguchi : a sculptor's world / foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller

Title:
Sculptor's world
Author:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Subject:
Noguchi, Isamu 1904-1988  Search this
Physical description:
259 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Catalogs
Date:
2015
Topic:
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050737

Let’s Rock

Creator:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:00:48 +0000
Topic:
Design  Search this
See more posts:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Data Source:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_a0a98d5bdbc86c7f72d90de157302b23

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