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Maya Lin Uses Art to 'Save Two Birds With One Tree'

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Published on Oct 20, 2009

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/09/17/Maya_Lins_W...

Artist Maya Lin discusses how her latest project, "What is Missing" utilizes art as a podium for environmental activism.
"If we combine our concerns about global warming with habitat protection, it is a complete win-win situation."

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World-renowned artist Maya Lin discusses the evolution of her final memorial project, "What is Missing?," which debuted at the California Academy of Sciences on September 17.

The memorial is dedicated to raising awareness about the crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. This permanent sculpture at the Academy is the international debut of a multi-sited multimedia work that will exist both physically and virtually.

The work, along with Lins other sculpture at the California Academy of Sciences, "Where the Land Meets the Sea," were commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission and reflect the Academys drive to explore, explain and protect the natural world.

Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance in her career between art and architecture, creating a remarkable body of work that includes large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, and architectural works.

She has been profiled in Time Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker and her architecture and artworks have consistently elicited praise in magazines ranging from Newsweek to Art in America to Architectural Record. In 1996 a documentary about her work, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Wolf, and their two children.

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