Maya Ying Lin
Considered one of the most important architects and artists of the past century, Maya Lin creates work that dignifies the human condition, respects nature, and promotes peace worldwide. Born in Ohio in 1959, Lin was only 21 years old when she made her first public impression on the world. Her most famous work, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial wall, is the single most-visited memorial in the United States, and was originally composed for a class proposal at Yale Unversity where Lin was a student. The black stone wall, upon which the names of all 58,000 dead American veterans of the Vietnam War are inscribed, is striking, and incited much controversy in 1981, when it was chosen as the design for the memorial over thousands of other submissions. Despite the controversy, Maya Lin persisted: the wall is stark and hearbreaking, which is a precise if harrowing represenatin of war. Lin has continued to produce important works of art and architecture over the years, including the Women's Table at Yale, the Peace Chapel at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, and the Langston Hughes Library in Clinton, Tennesse. The impressions of her sight, vision, and design have already changed the way we see the world, and will continue to do so for centuries to come.
"I'm always trying to reveal in my art, a little bit about nature that literally is invisible to us."
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