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Maya Lin’s new sculpture for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art reflects the Missouri River

Updated: 2013-10-31T23:29:27Z


The Kansas City Star

Three decades after making her mark as designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Maya Lin has a sculpture in the works for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Lin’s piece, inspired by the Missouri River, will join the display of works along the gallery walk in the Nelson’s Bloch Building. She is scheduled to install “Silver Missouri,” a meandering piece in recycled silver, on Nov. 15 and will give a free talk that day, according to a museum announcement.

Lin won the public design competition for the Vietnam memorial in 1981 when she was still a student at Yale. In recent years, she has turned her attention to the issue of water conservation, and her river series of sculpture installations reflects her desire to raise public awareness.

“We have all the tools to solve this problem, and I want people to focus on that,” she has said.

In 2009, Lin’s 87-foot-long representation of the Colorado River was installed in the lobby of the Aria resort in Las Vegas.

“Silver Missouri” was commissioned by the Nelson, with funds from the William T. Kemper Foundation — Commerce Bank Trustee.

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