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The architect who designed the celebrated Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., shares the story of her life, her creative inspiration, and her subsequent designs. 40,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Walking through this park-like area, the memorial appears as a rift in the earth -- a long, polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth. Approaching the memorial, the ground slopes gently downward, and the low walls emerging on either side, growing out of the earth, extend and converge at a point below and ahead. Walking into the grassy site contained by the walls of this memorial, we can barely make out the carved names upon the memorial's walls. These names, seemingly infinite in number, convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying these individuals into a whole... So begins the competition entry submitted in 1981 by a Yale undergraduate for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. -- subsequently called "as moving and awesome and popular a piece of memorial architecture as exists anywhere in the world." Its creator, Maya Lin, has been nothing less than world famous ever since. From the explicitly political to the unashamedly literary to the completely abstract, her simple and powerful sculpture -- the Rockefeller Foundation sculpture, the Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial, the Yale Women's Table, Wave Field -- her architechture, including The Museum for African Art and the Norton residence, and her protean design talents have defined her as one of the most gifted creative geniuses of the age. Boundaries is her first book; an eloquent visual/verbal sketchbook produced with the same inspiration and attention to detail as any of her other artworks. Like her environmental sculptures, it is a site, but one which exists at a remove so that it may comment on the personal and artistic elements that make up those works. In it, sketches, photographs, workbook entries, and original design are held together by a deeply personal text. Boundaries is a powerful literary and visual statement by "a leading public artist." (Holland Carter). It is itself a unique work of art.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000
ISBN: 9780684834177
Branch Call Number: 709.2 LIN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. 27 cm


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Aug 22, 2012

Like most people, I mainly knew of Maya Lin through her design of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. When she was 19, and still in college, she won a contest to design the memorial. Her design caused huge controversy and it was a battle to get it approved and built. In this book she talks a little about what she had to go through and the personal attacks she had to endure while the controversy was swirling around her. But, what I found more interesting were her ideas of mixing art and architecture and creating monumental works that interact or embed themselves in the earth. She has a very concise and clear way of writing and expressing her ideas that draws you in and makes you contemplate how we think about monuments, the past, and the environments we surround ourselves in.


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