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What Is Missing?

  • Posted by on December 17, 2009 in Architecture
  • In San Francisco, the main component of Maya Lin's What Is Missing? art project - a "multi sited artwork dedicated to bringing awareness to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss" - was unveiled yesterday. Lin, who is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., says this memorial will be her last.

    "My goal with 'What Is Missing?' is to create a memorial that almost could go wherever it wanted to go," Lin said at the academy. "It's pure information. It dematerializes. It's about things that are disappearing right before our eyes ... from the sounds of songbirds so common in our childhood to the visibility of the stars at night."

    The piece, called "Listening Cone," is a sort of giant megaphone constructed from bronze and lined with wood, emitting the sounds of endangered species, along with images and brief texts projected on a screen deep within the cone.

    The piece is situated in front of the new, much admired building at the California Academy of Sciences, designed by Renzo Piano.

    (via SF Gate)


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