Maya Lin, Pin River


Ms. Lin working on her piece “Pin River — Hudson.”   NYTimes


“After Hurricane Sandy, Maya Lin, the architect and artist, decided her new show at Pace Gallery would fix on Manhattan and its environment, on landscapes and waterways. Called “Here and There,” the show opened April 27 at Pace’s 57th Street gallery and runs through June 22.”  NY Times

I have followed the work of Maya Lin since learning of her winning project for the  Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.  Her process is self described as one that balances scientific data with the handmade, creating beautiful and thoughtful built expression. I am always intrigued and inspired by her process.

I caught a recent article in the NY Times about her new exhibit “Here and There,”. Our rapidly changing environment has informed and inspired Ms. Lin. “Among the show’s highlights are three of the “pin rivers” Ms. Lin has been making since 2006, part of a series that will eventually include all the major rivers and estuaries of the world. Using thousands of stainless-steel pins and the shadows they cast, she creates wall reliefs that suggest aerial contour maps. One traces the Hudson River and its major tributaries; another picks out some of the many streams that still meandered through Midtown Manhattan a century ago.The largest marks the boundaries of Sandy’s flood plain — a subject that, as Ms. Lin notes, is even harder to represent than an overbuilt urban stream.”

“A flood doesn’t exist except in our memory banks,” she said. “It’s a temporal event. It’s not the river and it’s not the land. It’s neither here nor there.”

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National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?


About the Exhibition
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, NY, NY.
On view through January 9, 2011.



The Cooper Hewitt in NYC is wrapping up the fourth in a series of design exhibitions which seeks and and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture.  The projects on display in this Triennial program explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many disciplines;  from architecture and products, to fashion, graphics, new media and landscapes.

I have been following the work of some of these designers for some time. In the next few weeks, I will share with you some of their phenomenal projects in the images below. This is not only innovative thinking. These projects are impacting people just like you and I, all around the world.  A true testament to the power of design to change lives.


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