The Unlimited Possibilities of the Human Spirit

An Exhibit of Diversity, Community, Humanity and Environment

N Scott Momaday

3' x 4' Acrylic on Canvas "Maya Lin, A Strong, Clear Vision " © Nova Starling 2018


Maya Lin

Artist's Comment

Maya mentioned in her book Boundaries, that she "sculpts the earth." I liked that image and decided to put her in a position of scupting the earth on a large scale suggesting the impact her work has had around the world. Maya created a park in Grand Rapids, MI that had to do with the three phases of water. In the design, the ice skating rink was shaped like the ripple of a drop of water on a pond. Ripples on the edge formed the bleachers. Fiber optics were used to create the constellations in the skies beaming through the ice. The metaphor in my image is that the actions of just a single person can ripple through the universe.


The painting's background was inspired by an illustration of the Orion Nebula found on the NASA site.


The grand stellar nursery is known as the Orion Nebula. The striking picture combines images taken through three separate filters, each designed to record different emission lines - light from sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms glowing in the tenuous nebular gas.

In this image, sulfur is red, hydrogen is green, and oxygen is blue, a color scheme used in images of other astronomical nebulae as well. While very different from what the eye sees, the image is still both beautiful and scientifically valuable, tracing elements and conditions within the nearby star forming region.


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