Facts about Maya Lin

Maya Lin is 64 years old
Born: October 5, 1959
Birthplace: Athens, Ohio, United States
Best known as: Designer of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Maya Lin Biography

Name at birth: Maya Ying Lin

Maya Lin was still an undergraduate at Yale University when she won the national design competition for a Vietnam War veterans memorial to be built near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Amid controversy over her untraditional design (and, remarkably, complaints that it had been created by a young woman of Chinese descent), the memorial was completed in 1982.

It soon became the most visited monument in Washington, D.C.

Maya Lin has gone on to design other memorials and landscape sculptures, including several sites along the Columbia River that trace the route of Lewis and Clark (2008-09).

Extra credit

The film Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision won the 1995 Oscar for best feature documentary.


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