Maya Lin -“Pure Poetry- Landscape as Art”

Maya Lin, The Wave Field, 1995. Shaped earth; 100 x 100 feet. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Maya Lin describes “The Wave Field” as “…pure poetry. It is a very gentle space that exists on a very human scale. It is a sanctuary, yet it’s playful, and with the changing shadows of the sun, it is completely transformed throughout the day. ‘The Wave Field’ expresses my desire to completely integrate a work with its site, revealing the connectedness of art to landscape, or landscape as art.”

Maya Lin[1]

“That the grassy waves also resemble the expansive sandy hills of a windswept desert is a poetry that resonates with the occasion for the work: to commemorate a valued alumnus of the school whose aircraft crashed in the African desert. That the work in its final form inspires discovery, play, and joy amongst children who roll down its three foot crests ties the work to a larger operating metaphor: out of tragedy and loss can come life and celebration. “[2]

1. Maya Lin, Ancient and Modern, earlywomanmasters.net

2. Maya Lin’s “Wave Field:, Art:21

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One Response to Maya Lin -“Pure Poetry- Landscape as Art”

  1. it is a joy to discover Maya Lin’s artistry in WAVES. What wonderful gifts she has bestowed on the human race!! I am extremely grateful.

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