Who Designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?


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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall was designed by Maya Ying Lin. Lin was the winner of a national design competition held by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which ended on March 31, 1981.

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Maya Ying Lin's design was chosen from over 1,400 entries when the anonymous competition ended. At the time of selection, Lin, a native of Athens, Ohio, and a student at Yale University, was 21 years old. Lin's design was chosen for its meditative and non-political nature that harmonized well with the Washington Mall. The polished black granite was chosen to reflect the surrounding Constitutional Gardens and the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

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