March 27 Art Minute: Maya Lin, ‘Silver Erie’

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Maya Lin (American, born 1959), Silver Erie, recycled silver, cast, 2012. H: 24 3/4 in.; W: 54 in.; Depth: 1/2 in. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. William E. Levis, by exchange, 2012.103. Gallery 2A (The Wolfe Gallery)

Maya Lin (American, born 1959), Silver Erie. Recycled silver, cast, 2012. H: 24 3/4 in.; W: 54 in.; Depth: 1/2 in. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. William E. Levis, by exchange, 2012.103. Gallery 2A (The Wolfe Gallery)

In the age of Google Maps, we often take for granted our ability to see Earth’s features from a height of miles. Geographical mapping and topography play a large role in this sculpture by Maya Lin.

For Silver Erie, Ohio native Lin removes the contours of Lake Erie and the Maumee River (the lake is about six miles from the Museum, the river less than a mile away) by first mapping the shape and surface of their boundaries, then casting the result in reclaimed silver. By isolating these bodies of water, Lin reminds us of their ethereal beauty and essential role within our natural habitat.


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