In June 2020, Maya Lin will realize a newly-commissioned outdoor public art project in Madison Square Park. Ghost Forest, Lin's first major temporary outdoor work, will take the form of a towering stand of spectral cedar trees - a contrast with the abundant greenery of the Park's foliage, displayed in memory to germination, vegetation, and abundance, and as a harsh symbol of the devastation of climate change.
Maya Lin won the competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. while still an undergraduate student at Yale University. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, with works in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. She has created permanent outdoor installations for public and private collections, including the acclaimed Wavefield at Storm King Art Center in New York. Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. A committed environmentalist, she is at work on her final memorial What is Missing?, raising awareness about habitat loss and biodiversity.
For Madison Square Park Conservancy's 39th commissioned exhibition, Krzysztof Wodiczko will realize a site-specific installation that renders in high relief the diverse plights and journeys of resettled refugees today. Monument will project a looped video onto the Park's 1881 historic monument to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. On view from January 16 through May 10, 2020, the projection will bring the monument to life with individual stories of displacement that illuminate how war, conflict, and political fallout impact individuals globally, and encourage visitors to consider how history is memorialized.
Wodiczko was born in 1943 in Warsaw, Poland, and received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1968. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1998 for his contribution as an artist to world peace, and the 2004 College Art Association Award for Distinguished Body of Work. He is Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.