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Ohio Waterways: A local artist's interpretation of human influence

The HERE exhibit is open at the Wexner Center of the Arts from Septemeber 20th, 2019 to December 29th 2019.

For HERE, Maya Lin (b. 1959, Athens, Ohio) has created site-specific installations for the center’s lower lobby and galleries. Made with steel pins and accumulations of industrial glass beads contoured to mirror Ohio waterways, her projects will consider how rivers and aquifers have both shaped and been shaped by human endeavor, including fracking and global warming. Before entering the building, visitors will encounter Lin’s Groundswell, a permanent public artwork inspired by the Native American mounds that marked the landscapes of her youth. The work was created with the support of an Artist Residency Award in 1992–93. 

Lin’s installations represent the significance of rivers and aquifers in human history and development. Her other notable works include the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Groundswell, a permanent public artwork also viewable at the Wex.

For more information on the exhibit and on the other artists invovled, please click here.