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Haydee Martinez (martineh)
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 18:23:56 -0700 (MST)

After taking a closer look at Maya Lin's "Vietnam Memorial" and
learning about the difficulty she encountered in trying to meet the public's
expectations of the arrangement of an artwork as public as this and of
being forced to compromise, I thought about the rights that artists have
(or don't have) in trying to preserve their original design. This issue of
who owns a work is fairly interesting, not only when dealing with works of
art but also when dealing with a piece of literature. I personally
think that the effort, original idea and creativity of the artists should
be respected and should therefore not be altered without the artist's
consent. The reason for this is that the artist or creator of a work
should be the person that should have all the rights of a particular
work. In the case of Maya Lin, her memorial design was selected as the
best design for a contest. Did she not deserve the prize--having her
design determine the appearance of the monument-- without having any
questions asked? What do you think about this? Who do you consider should
be the "right-holder" in such cases?
I would greatly appreciate any ideas you could send. Thanks!