Artist Maya Lin taking on Newport project

PROVIDENCE, RI – Maya Lin, the woman who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., has agreed to take on the re-design of Newport's Queen Anne Square.

Lin was in Newport Monday to discuss her plans for the property.

Internationally renowned artist and designer Lin says she has drawn from Newport's rich history to re-make Queen Anne Square into a leafy space with stone walls to sit upon. The plan includes three outdoor "rooms" including one equipped with a chimney and table.

"The chimney hearth represents the core family and community. It will stand as an invitation to the park," says Lin. "While the stone table with a hidden fountain represents the essential element of a new settlement."

Lin has teamed up with landscape architect Edwina Von Gal who says has drawn up plans for a mix of native trees and shrubs. Work on the $3.5 million project is expected to begin this Fall or next Spring.

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