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New YorkMaya Lin
Speaking from her Manhattan studio in late 2012 and early 2013, artist Maya Lin discusses her new body of work, which is shown at Pace Gallery in New York City.
Lin began this series of sculptures by examining New York’s ecological past—going back to the time when streams and marshes covered Manhattan through to Hurricane Sandy when rising sea levels wreaked havoc on the city.
As a lifelong environmental activist, Lin has continually created artworks that encourage viewers to rethink their immediate surroundings.More information and credits
Producer: Ian Forster. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Ian Forster, Rafael Salazar Moreno & Ava Wiland. Sound: Amanda Long & Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Additional Media Courtesy: ABC News, Google Maps, Metropolitan Transit Authority & WNYC. Artwork Courtesy: Maya Lin & The Pace Gallery. Special Thanks: James Ewart.
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Maya Lin catapulted into the public eye when, as a senior at Yale University, she submitted the winning design in a national competition for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be built in Washington, DC. She was trained as an artist and architect, and her sculptures, parks, monuments, and architectural projects are linked by her ideal of making a place for individuals within the landscape. She draws inspiration for her sculpture and architecture from culturally diverse sources, including Japanese gardens, Hopewell Indian earthen mounds, and works by American earthworks artists of the 1960s and 1970s.
“If we forget what we used to be, then we’ve lost an ability to really be sensitive to our surroundings.”