Congress Meets to Consider New Bill Seeking to Eject Gehry’s Design of the Eisenhower Memorial

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Frank Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial. (Courtesy NCDC)

Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial. (Courtesy NCDC)

Congress held a hearing today to discuss the funding and controversial design of the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial designed by Frank Gehry. Representative Rob Bishop is leading the charge with a new bill that aims to oust Gehry from the $142 million project and hold a new competition to find a more “appropriate” design. The Washington Post reported that the main gripe is over the massive metal tapestries encompassing the memorial, which would display images of Eisenhower’s early childhood in Kansas. The Eisenhower family has expressed that the grandiose scale of the design, specifically the tapestries, is out of touch with the former president’s character.

Architect magazine live tweeted that there were few defenders of Gehry’s memorial at the hearing except for Rep. Holt, and a fair share of confusion over what this bill entails and ultimately means for the future of the memorial.

2 Responses to “Congress Meets to Consider New Bill Seeking to Eject Gehry’s Design of the Eisenhower Memorial”

  1. Stanley Rutled says:

    I was wondering the same thing.

  2. Tapani Talo says:

    Having seen and followed Gehry’s life for the past 35 years, sometimes from very close participatory person with Philip Johnson, this design echoes his early work, but with none of the relevance.
    We all create concepts that sound to our own ears better than to the audience at large. This is one of them.
    Large number of monuments in the past decades have difficulty addressing what MONUMENT is or should be.

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