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									   Maya Lin
Artist and Architect
Maya‟s Life
                    Maya was born in Ohio
                    in 1960 to Chinese

         She received a Bachelor of
         Arts in 1981 from Yale.

               In 1986, she received a Masters
               of Architecture, also from Yale.

          She was awarded Honorary
          doctorates from Harvard, Williams
          College and Smith College.
                      Maya‟s Times
In 1981, in her senior year at Yale,
    Maya won a public competition for
    the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    In 1989, she was invited to design
        the Civil Rights Memorial in
        Montgomery, Alabama.

 In 1993, she designed the
 Women‟s Table at Yale University.
         Maya‟s Accomplishments

In 1996, a documentary about her work, Maya Lin:    In 2000, Maya published her
A Strong and Clear Vision won the Academy Award         first book Boundaries.
For Best Documentary.
                                     In 2003, Maya served on the selection
                                     jury of the World Trade Center Site
In 2005, Maya was elected to The     Memorial Competition.
American Academy of Arts and Letters.
                                  Also in 2005, she was inducted into the
                                  National Women‟s Hall of Fame.
              Maya‟s Words
                  “The process I go through in
                  art and architecture, I actually
                  want it to be almost      “The only thing that mattered [in my
                  childlike.”               family] was what you were to do in
                                              life, and it wasn't about money. It
                                              was about teaching or learning.”
                   “You should be having
                   more fun in…school.
                   You should be exploring
                   things because you want
                   to explore them and
                   learning because you love learning…”
“In all my work I have tried to create works that present
you with information allowing you the chance to come
to your own conclusions; they ask you to think.”
                  Maya‟s Work

Maya has maintained a
  careful balance between
  art and architecture
  throughout her career,
  creating a remarkable
  body of work that
  includes large-scale site-
  specific installations,
  intimate artworks,
  architectural works and
           Maya‟s Inspiration
Both landscape and the environment have greatly influenced
 and inspired Maya throughout her career and can be seen in
                       all of her works.
 Maya‟s Memorials
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
               In 1981, Maya won an open competition for
                   the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
                   beating out over 1,400 other
               The black-cut masonry wall had the names
                   of 58,253 fallen soldiers carved into its
               The wall is granite and V-shaped, with one
                   side pointing to the Lincoln Memorial
                   and the other to the Washington
                   Monument in Washington D.C.
               Maya‟s conception was to create an
                   opening or wound in the earth to
                   symbolize the gravity of the loss of the
               The design was controversial because it
                   was unconventional and non-
                  Maya‟s Memorials
                    The Civil Rights Memorial
The Civil Rights Memorial is a stone
   water table that intertwines
   historical events of the civil rights
   era with the names of the people
   who were killed during that time.
The water table is made of black
   granite, inscribed with historical
   events from 1954 to 1968.
The table is accompanied by a 10 foot
   high water wall, inscribed with a
   quote by Martin Luther King Jr.,
   “We are not satisfied and we will
   not be satisfied „until justice rolls
   down like and water and
   righteousness like a mighty
         Maya‟s Installations
             Systematic Landscapes

This exhibition showed how Maya continues to explore
landscape as both form and content.
            Maya‟s Installations
                 Storm King Wave Field

The Wavefield encompasses an
  eleven-acre site, with the
  earthwork covering four
  acres at the Storm King Art

The Wavefield is comprised
   of seven rows of undulating,
   rolling waves of earth and

The waves range in height
  from ten to fifteen feet.
    Maya‟s Architecture
       The Riggio-Lynch Chapel
The Chapel was designed for the Children‟s
               Defense Fund.
 The heart of the design of the Chapel is
  the abstracted image of a boat or ark.
                 Maya‟s Architecture
                            The Box-House

This 4,000 square foot
residence evolved out
of a desire to create the
simplest of forms - a
wooden box.

The house is in essence
a box within a box.

What is identity?
                               How would you define a
                               person‟s identity?
What type of situations
impact identity?                 What symbols are
                                 used in defining
 What types of art making        identity?
 are good for creating works
 about identity?
                       Maya on Identity
“As the child of immigrants you have that sense
   of, Where are you? Where‟s home? And
   trying to make a home…”         All of Maya‟s works
                                        possess undercurrents
“I think what makes art valuable is:
it is about an individual expressing
                                        of personal associations
what they think is a part of them,
and variety and difference and
                                        and she often uses her
clashes is what makes art valuable,     identity as a focal point.
that there is no one defining idea of
what art is or what it should do.
And that's what makes it art,
that it has no rules, that it's so
individualized in that sense.”
     Maya‟s Other Big Ideas

       Consumption             Ecology
Structures     Memory
     Time            Stories

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