week 14: Maya Lin – A Strong Clear Vision

The last blog post for this semester…

This week we watch a documentary biography about architect and artist Maya Lin. She is the creator of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial, Civil Rights movement fountain memorial and Women’s table at Yale university.  Her life seemed to have been an incredible journey, from winning the contest to create the vietnam veteran memorial at the age of only 20, and then having to fight for her idea and vision for it.
I think her struggle for her vision was that some people wanted something else not only because she was born from Asian parents but because there had been 1441 contestant I believe and so of course people will want to have a say and try to change things because they don’t like it. I however believe that art will always provoke, not every one but some. But I also believe that that is what art is suppose to do, because we all have different opinions based on our different experiences.

When I was watching the documentary I of course started crying, Im too emotional, but seeing how much this monument really meant for the veterans as they cried on the spot and personally thanked her I couldn’t hold my own tears back.
I liked that her creations were made so that people could interact with it and in that way become part of the art. Her choice of use of water and its representation was also brilliant and it then got people involved just like she wanted.
I think Maya Lin is a great architect and sculptor, with a genuine heart and passion for her believes and respect for others. I hope I’ll be able to see some of her work in real life on day.



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