Arts & Entertainment

Renowned artist Maya Lin to share her vision April 17

Renowned artist Maya Lin will be in the Tri-Cities on April 17 to share her artistic vision for the Lewis and Clark Confluence Project.

The project is a regional effort that features artwork installed at a series of historically significant locations along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Lin will speak and meet briefly with the public at 1 p.m. at Sacajawea State Park off Highway 12 in Pasco where seven of her story circle sculptures will be featured.

Only one of the seven will be finished at this time, said Kim Shugart with the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau.

"Maya will be at the park to talk about her vision of the story circles and their significance to this project," she said.

The story circle sculptures are expected to be completed and installed by August. The themes will involve the history of the floral and fauna in the Tri-City area, Shugart said.

The $30 million commemorative art project started in 2000.

The other Confluence Project art is at Cape Disappointment, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean and at Chief Timothy Park at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers at Clarkston.

Each location will feature a piece of art by Lin, who also is an architect. She is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The event is co-sponsored by the 509Art organization, Tri-Cities Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Tri-Cities Rivershore Enhancement Council. For more, call 735-8486.

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