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Ohio University dedicates Bicentennial Park

Park Features Earthwork Installation Designed by Maya Lin

ATHENS, Ohio (May 15, 2004) -- Ohio University dedicated Bicentennial Park during a ceremony today. Located at the corner of Richland Avenue and South Green Drive, the park promises to be one of the most memorable and long-lasting achievements of Ohio University's bicentennial year celebration.

Maya Lin overlooking the Bicentennial Park. Photo by Rick FaticaThe most prominent feature of the 3.5-acre park is the earthwork installation designed by internationally renowned artist and architectural designer Maya Lin. The piece, titled "Input," relates to Lin's first official connection with the university. The daughter of Professor Emerita of English Julia Lin and the late Henry Lin, dean emeritus of the College of Fine Arts, she studied computer programming at the university while in high school.

The installation consists of 21 rectangles, some raised and some depressed, resembling computer punch cards that were a mainstay of early programming courses.

"It is a piece that is both very personal and very universal to anyone with a connection to Ohio University and Athens, Ohio," Maya Lin said. "Hopefully, it will touch anyone who has spent much time in Ohio University or Athens. I wanted to draw a map of memories."

"It is significant because, as I've said throughout this bicentennial year celebration, art lives, and now we have a tangible expression of Ohio University's first 200 years that will continue to be enjoyed by future generations," Ohio University President Robert Glidden said.

Maya Lin and her brother, Tan Lin, worked in tandem to create a "landscape of words" that reflects their shared memories of Athens and Ohio University. Their words and phrases are cast into the rectangles' retaining walls.

"I feel lucky - and Maya does, too - to compose a map of memories in a place that has created so many memories for us," Tan Lin said.

Maya Lin has won numerous awards and a documentary about her work - "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision" - won an Academy Award in 1996. She was born and raised in Athens, where her parents emigrated from China just before the Communist takeover in 1949. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Yale University, where she was an undergraduate when her design proposal for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was accepted.

In addition to the dedication, Maya Lin presented a lecture at the university on Friday, May 14, to an overflow crowd in Irvine Auditorium.

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Editors: Photos from the dedication are available online at

Cutline Information:

PHOTO #1: Maya Lin is shown overlooking Ohio University?s Bicentennial Park and the earthwork installation, "Input," which she designed.

PHOTO #2: Internationally renowned artist and architectural designer Maya Lin (left) and Ohio University President Robert Glidden view Bicentennial Park.

PHOTO #3: Tan Lin worked in tandem with his sister, Maya Lin, to create a "landscape of words" that reflects their shared memories of Athens and Ohio University.

PHOTO #4:Cutting the ribbon to Bicentennial Park are Ohio University President Robert Glidden (left), Rachel Wolf, Maya Lin, India Wolf, Tan Lin and Ohio University Assistant Vice President for Facilities Planning John Kotowski. Rachel, 4, and India, 6, are Maya Lin's daughters.

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