Early Sketches of the Vietnam Memorial

Maya Lin was just 21 years old in 1981 when she won the contest to design the Vietnam Memorial. She was still an undergraduate student at Yale, beating out 1,441 other entries.

Her design concept was so abstract, that the contest officials asked Paul Stevenson Oles to sketch the memorial. Below are those sketches.

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Source: Library of Congress

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