Maya Lin

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Currently on exhibition at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco is Maya Lin’s latest work, Systematic Landscapes. The exhibition features Lin’s most recent body of work including sculptures, drawings, and installations. In Systematic Landscapes, Lin carefully articulates topographical model-like sculptures of landscapes from ocean floors to mountain tops. Her poetic use of natural materials and scale pays a solemn homage to geography and the natural world. Lin is best known for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., where she won the public design competition of 1981 at age 21. The black-granite, v-shaped monument of Lin’s conception creates a wound in the earth to symbolize the gravity of the lost soldiers to the Vietnam War.

Since the erection of the monument, Lin has been a well-received figure in public and site specific art projects. During the 2000 Confluence Project, Lin created seven site-specific installations along the Columbia River Basin, the river which separates Washington and Oregon. The seven specific sites were chosen for their historic importance, each being a place of convergence, where Native Americans of the region met the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06. In addition, Lin sat on the jury of the World Trade Center Memorial project competition and remains an active alumna on projects at her Alma Mater, Yale University.

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