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Maya Lin is the world-renowned architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, and one of the most important public artists of this century. Maya Lin has created a dozen other major works across the nation. Her life and work were detailed in the Academy Award-winning documentary film of 1995, “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.”
In 2000 Lin published her first book, “Boundaries.” She described it as a “visual and verbal sketchbook, where image can be seen as text, and text is sometimes used as image.” The same year, she began work on the Confluence Project, a series of seven outdoor installations at points of historic interest along 300 miles of the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the state of Washington.
Among her significant works as an architect over the last decade are the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, the Manhattanville Sanctuary and Environmental Learning Lab, and the Museum of the Chinese in America in New York City, as well as a number of innovative private residences, notably the Box House in Telluride, Colorado. Her studio artwork has been exhibited in museums around the world. Distinguished works on permanent display include “Pin River—Yangtze” at the American Embassy in Beijing, China, and “Where the Land Meets the Sea” at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. As both artist and architect, her work has long reflected a strong interest in the environment. In 2009, Maya Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.