Maya Lin commissioned to design sculptural water feature at Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center

Late last week, the Obama Foundation announced the newest feature of the forthcoming Obama Presidential Center at historic Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago: a meditative green space, dubbed the Ann Dunham Water Garden in honor of the 44th President’s late mother. The space will be anchored by a sculptural water feature conceived by celebrated Chinese-American designer and sculptor Maya Lin, who, along with Frank Gehry, were among the 21 recipients awarded with the Presidential Medal of Honor from the two-term former president in 2016.

Heralded in an announcement as “one of President Obama’s favorite artists,” the Ohio-born, New York­–based Lin was

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