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Maya Lin Used 168,000 Marbles to Model the Chesapeake Bay

November 13, 2015

When Maya Lin was 8 years old, her father brought home a box of marbles, the kind used by artisanal glass blowers. “It was like opening a box of water,” she recalls. “They capture light in a way I had never seen.”

Nearly half a century later, the American artist, who became famous at 21 years old for winning the design competition to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is using the same glimmering spheres to portray the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.

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The artist who created the Vietnam Memorial beautifully models the Chesapeake Bay.


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