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Part of the Series: Art21 - Season 1

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Jeremy

I really love the idea Maya Lin conveyed that naturally occurring phenomenons can be viewed as art. I also find the connection she makes between her geographic art and architecture interesting. I feel that Maya Lin gives off the idea that perhaps art can be incorporated in numerous forms ...Read more

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Denny

I liked the use of taking a look at Maya Lin's process in working on her art, it gives us a look at the true meaning behind it and the context in which it takes place. We can see that she is a large-scale artist with a focus on nature which I feel probably influenced her to become an ...Read more

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Jamil

I find it very interesting how Maya Lin takes inspiration from natural occurring phenomenon. Seeing the process of her constructing the park was very interesting because it shows how she cares about details with her projects. I also like how she talked about how she is an architect and also ...Read more

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Ryan

Maya Lin is a very interesting artist, before I only knew her from her possibly most famous piece- the Vietnam Memorial. However many of her pieces as well as her process in making them shows her resourceful and creative side immensely. Specifically how she translates her sculptural designs ...Read more

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Adriana

I admire how Maya Lin is able to get inspiration from Nature and create a contemporary, modern piece which mixes genres. She manages to create various sculptures that are functional, architectural and representative of nature and time, while still being a cohesive piece of artwork.

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Kaylin

I really love how Maya Lin is not like what most people to be a conventional artist. She’s almost both an architect and an artist, and in my opinion I feel that architecture is under the umbrella of art. What I admire most is the fact that nature is what drives her work, which I feel most ...Read more

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Sardis

I really enjoyed watching the video of Maya Lin. She is a different kind of artist. I loved how she transformed the skating rink and made it looked like the night sky. I like that she uses landscape into her work and how she is very detailed and takes her time in all her artwork and ...Read more

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Danielle

I feel like Maya Lin is both an artist and an architect because she designs the what she builds herself and makes it happen. I like the way she thinks before she does a piece.

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Sarah

Maya Lyn seems like such a creative person, in terms of how she implicates her designs. She not only wants to incorporate art, into this center but also science. A lot of times many people think of those two subjects as being very different and its refreshing to see an artist bring those ...Read more

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Andrew

I really liked the segment with Maya Lyn. She really seems to be and artist/sculptor who's really into astrology and geography. It's interesting that she was able to create an ice ring that looks like a sculpture of a constellation of stars. She also seems to study a lot of geographical parts ...Read more

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Yazmin Castillo

I've previously watched this specific segment on Maya Lin back in High School and what stuck from this segment was the ice ring that had lights embedded at the bottom of the ice ring to represent the stars. Her artwork has always stricken me as simple yet complex when it comes to the ...Read more

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Anonymous

I agree completely! There was something so beautiful to the simplicity.

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Nicole Summer

Watching this video on Maya Lin was extremely interesting and very fun to watch. I loved learning about who she was and the forms of art that she produced as well as the way that she worked on her art. She seemed very involved and meticulous when it came to her work and it made me appreciate ...Read more

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Jennifer T

I enjoyed watching the video on Maya Lin. She does art on such a large scale and so much thought and creativity goes inside. I love how she took a concrete, boring, skating rink and turned it into a pool of water reflecting the night sky. She expanded the small space and made it look ...Read more

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Ryan

I think architecture can be considered just as much an art as any other kind, and Maya definitely shows this!

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Jorhdan N

It was really interesting to see the different forms of art that are all around us in our everyday lives. it is amazing how a single artist can transform something that was once considered a throw away lot, into an interactive work of art. -Jorhdan

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Anonymous

I was so surprised at how much work is put into art. I hadn't realized about all the thinking process and how the artist takes into account all the surroundings. It's amazing they can see all of that in their minds. I loved what she did with the lights in the skating ring. Terrie

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Anonymous

I was really interested in the atlases she was cutting up into layers for something she was planning. I does seem like there are a lot of hours that goes into the creation, planning and execution of an art project. I'm just curious about how they are making money to support themselves in ...Read more

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Misty Lea

What I like most about Maya Lin’s art and architecture is how it blends into the landscape without disturbing it. I never knew that the scale of the Vietnam War Memorial follows the scale of the war. It begins slowly, with no one really noticing it, then builds to a crescendo, and ends on a ...Read more

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Anonymous

I didn't either but i found it super interesting as well.

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Sarah Klapka

I enjoyed learning about Maya Lin and how she views art. Her visions are very unique and she knows what she wants. She is excellent at planning, and then making her vision come to life. My favorite work of her's in the video would have to be the ice skating pond with lights. At night it ...Read more

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Anonymous

I would love to see the finished product of the ice skating rink. The fog would be an interesting touch. It is amazing that she started as an artist, but has had to take on the knowledge of an architect as well for her projects. Misty Lea, FIU

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Joanna Belz

The segment about Maya Lin was very interesting because she had to have a vision and just follow it through without know for sure if it'll be beautiful. I also found that the drop of water that is considered an inspiration was just breathtaking. Maya connected all these small details to ...Read more

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Ryan

It's amazing to me how Maya can come up with such amazing ideas from the simplest of inspiration!

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Luis Morales

Maya Lin segment is impressive how she talks about her inspiration toward creating such large and beautiful pieces of art. It is interesting she explains how the initial idea is the foundation but she keeps adding different ideas that come into mind during the process. Like the Ice skating ...Read more

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Anonymous

These artists are so iconic in this time, and this is a great exploration of their identities, and how they address their own work. It is so wonderful to see well-known pieces being explained by their creators, and to listen to artists address their audiences in such a thoughtful way. ...Read more

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