“Maya Lin and the Challenge of Creating Public Art”

In 1981 when the judges of the Vietnam Memorial competition opened the envelope on the back of the winning entry board, they found the name “Maya Lin” and the address of a Yale dormitory where the young woman lived as an undergraduate student. From among more than 1400 entries, many submitted by large, internationally recognized architectural firms, Maya Lin’s concept was chosen for its simplicity, elegance and poignancy.