Meet Maya Lin, who was born in 1959, read for her Master of Architecture degree at Yale University, has been awarded honorary doctors degrees by both Yale and Harvard, and while still an undergraduate beat out 1,420 competing submissions to win the mandate for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
We can't unchop a tree. But we can not chop it down in the first place. Or we can plant a new tree.
|Vietnam Veteran Memorial|
Black granite in memorial
Maya's aim with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial was a black granite stone wall with the names of 58,261 soldiers on it. Wikipedia puts it this way:
Lin's conception was to create an opening or a wound in the earth to symbolize the gravity of the loss of the soldiers.
The Deer Hunter
In 1979 a veteran named Jan Scruggs watched The Deer Hunter, starring Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. When he left the theater he decided that Vietnam veterands needed a memorial, and set about raising money for it. Not a cent was paid by the government.