Cross-posted on the iconomaniacs blog.
As a follow up to our discussion of Maya Lin's impact on the history of memorials (Episode 10: Memorials), you may be interested in what she is calling her final memorial, What is Missing?
Today I listened to a rerun of her interview on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook where she discussed what may be her remaining life's focus, bringing attention to the extinct and vanishing species of the world. The work incorporates sculpture, video, sound, hand-held electronics, printed material and an interactive website.
Architect, designer, and environmental artist Maya Lin carved a permanent, powerful place in the American heart with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
She was 21 when she drew that black granite line in history, and she went on to a wide-ranging life in design.
Ten years ago, Maya Lin announced she was out of the memorial business entirely. But now, she’s done one more: to all the species vanished or vanishing from the Earth. A king-sized listening cone, filled with the sounds of birds and frogs and primates slipping away.
Maya Lin's Website
What is Missing? Website
On Point with Tom Ashbrook interview with Maya Lin
The New York Times Style Magazine photos
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