Q&A with Architectural Designer and Artist Maya Lin

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March 18, 2013
Originally published in Indoor Outdoor
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Maya Lin
The artist, designer, and architect takes us through her formative years as a maker, her dedication to environmental art, and the joys of furniture design.
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  Maya Lin in her New York City studio. Her latest multimedia work, What is Missing?, is a memorial for extinct species.

    Maya Lin in her New York City studio. Her latest multimedia work, What is Missing?, is a memorial for extinct species.

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  Lin’s 2004 earthwork Eleven Minute Line in Wanås, Sweden, is inspired, inpart, by the Native American effigy, the Great Serpent Mound, in her native Ohio.

    Lin’s 2004 earthwork Eleven Minute Line in Wanås, Sweden, is inspired, inpart, by the Native American effigy, the Great Serpent Mound, in her native Ohio.

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  Rows of rolling earth comprise the 2009 Storm King Wavefield, the artist’s largest site-specific installation.

    Rows of rolling earth comprise the 2009 Storm King Wavefield, the artist’s largest site-specific installation.

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  Lin's Stones outdoor furniture line for Knoll was recently reintroduced in recycled polyethylene.

    Lin's Stones outdoor furniture line for Knoll was recently reintroduced in recycled polyethylene.

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  The 2011 work Silver Hudson renders the waterway in recycled silver.

    The 2011 work Silver Hudson renders the waterway in recycled silver.

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  For more on the artist's foundation, visit whatismissing.net

    For more on the artist's foundation, visit whatismissing.net

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  Flow features undulating wood blocks and is from Bodies of Water.

    Flow features undulating wood blocks and is from Bodies of Water.

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  Water Line, part of Lin’s 2009 show Systematic Landscapes, is made from aluminum tubing and paint, and it is meant to mimic the topography of the ocean floor. “Water is just something I’m fixated on, always have been.”

    Water Line, part of Lin’s 2009 show Systematic Landscapes, is made from aluminum tubing and paint, and it is meant to mimic the topography of the ocean floor. “Water is just something I’m fixated on, always have been.”

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