Maya Lin launches her last public memorial – updated 9/22


What is Missing? is intended as both a memorial to all that has been and will be lost in the sixth mass extinction – the ongoing anthropogenic one – and a call to action.

The Listening Cone, dedicated Thursday at the California Academy of Sciences, is merely the first of a series of installations around the globe that will constitute What is Missing? The Dark Room, a walk-through installation, was scheduled to open in Beijing today and in New York next week. Content will vary and is to some extent site specific – not a surprise. For instance, the Beijing version will concentrate on the destruction wrought by the demand for animal parts in traditioinal Chinese medicine.

It’s all supposed to be finished by Earth Day 2010.

Lin’s remarks at the San Francisco dedication are well worth hearing, the series of introductions somewhat less so, so please skip to 23’18”:

Meanwhile, work continues on her glorious Confluence Project. This is a masterwork, conceived in response to a request by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Update: My apologies for somehow leaving out the What is Missing? website.


5 Responses to “Maya Lin launches her last public memorial – updated 9/22”

  1. artemis54 Says:

    Please note link in update.

  2. sisdevore Says:

    Why is it her “last” public memorial? Did I miss something?

    • artemis54 Says:

      She has said so several times now. I am not sure of her reasons. She’ll still be doing all kinds of other things, just no more memorials.

    • artemis54 Says:

      It may just be the time it takes to do it her way. She’s already worked on What is Missing? for four years.

  3. artemis54 Says:

    btw, the outer bronze cone was cast by the Walla Walla Foundry, which has worked with Lin for some time now.

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