Environment Is Maya Lin's Latest Muse

"It's a perfect StairMaster hike 3 miles up a mountain to crystal clear lakes," she said. Composed of formaldehyde-free particle wood, Lin created 20 individual units that form narrow passageways through the mountain pass. "I wanted to pull apart the earth and allow people to walk through it," she explained.

Lin is going on sabbatical for a year and is taking her husband and two daughters for a trip around the world, part of which will include documenting raptor migration. "My kids will be out of school, but they'll have a tutor. I want to show them a lot of nature that I hope they, in turn, will be able to show their kids one day," said the dedicated environmentalist.

Maya Lin: Recycled Landscapes is at Salon 94 from Sept. 25- Nov. 13, 2009.

Maya Lin: Three Ways of Looking at the Earth is at PaceWildenstein from September 10 through October 24, 2009.

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