Underwater Wood Lakes by Maya Lin
by David Behringer of the Two Percent*
"Of a Different Nature" featuring Maya Lin @ Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th NYC, ends 12 March. Exhibition Website
Working with a map company, Maya Lin [editor's note, May Lin at age 21 design first came to fame as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.] obtained underwater topographic information of famous lakes, exaggerated the depths, then had these lakes laser-cut and placed on pedestals so they look like they're balancing!! Read more and check all the cool photos on Design Milk.
Why it matters:
I just watched this cool video on "how deep the oceans are", but with Maya's work, you really feel how much of our planet is underwater (71%!!!) As the world keeps feeling smaller through technology, it's cool to be reminded just how much more there is than we can see. Maya is huge on conservation: "What we don't see, we pollute" - Maya Lin
* 98% of art is boring. Welcome to The Two Percent.
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