Maya Ying Lin is an American architectural designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. She is best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
2 X 4 Landscape, 2006 • Systematic Landscapes | Maya Lin [envirnmental art] "composed of more than fifty thousand vertical two-by-four boards placed in a configuration that ... suggests a natural form such as an earthen mound or an ocean swell" Corcoran Gallery of Art
Maya Lin. Vietnam War Memorial, 1982. When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together. The selected design was very controversial, in particular its unconventional design, its black color and its lack of ornamentation, especially among veterans. Many publicly voiced their displeasure, calling the wall "a black gash of shame."