Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Competition drawing by Maya Ying Lin.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Competition drawing by Maya Ying Lin. Created in 1980 or 1981 as a drawing on paper mounted on board : mixed media, color. Summary: Architectural drawing showing memorial as plan and perspective; includes textual description. Competition entry no. 1026.
This simple drawing profoundly conveyed the memory and evotion of a nation to symbolize those who served and died for our country in Vietnam.
"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, originally designed as a student project by Maya Lin at Yale University's School of Architecture in 1981, has become a profound symbol that has served to unify and reconcile a nation sorely divided by a foreign entanglement. Lin envisioned a black granite wall, in the shape of a V, on which the names of the American military dead and missing would be inscribed. The architect hoped that "these names, seemingly infinite in number, [would] convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying these individuals into a whole." Since its unveiling in 1982, the work---popularly known as "the wall"--has become a point of reference, inspiring a new generation of American memorials. Maya Lin's drawing is one of 1,421 design-competition submissions documented in the Library of Congress as part of the Papers of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
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