Maya Lin Refurbishing Sculpture On Ohio State Campus

Maya Lin
Maya Lin

Artist and architectural designer Maya Lin is working to restore an outdoor sculpture at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts that she looks back on as a career breakthrough.

Lin is visiting Saturday to help replace some of the 43 tons of shattered, recycled glass in the sculpture known as Groundswell. She’ll deliver a talk on the process Sunday.

Best known for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Lin’s work now spans the globe. She grew up in Athens, Ohio, where her Chinese immigrant parents taught at Ohio University.

The conical mounds and orderly pattern of Groundswell are meant to evoke nature, the contours of southern Ohio’s Native American earthworks and the order of a Zen garden.

Completed in 1993, it was Lin’s first outdoor, site-specific artwork.

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