Libeskind Memorial Fans Political Feud in Columbus

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Monday, July 22, 2013
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Rendering of Libeskind's memorial design and the mock memorial. (Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind; Alex Holt / Columbus Dispatch)

Rendering of Libeskind’s memorial design and the mock memorial. (Courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind; Alex Holt / Columbus Dispatch)

A frustrated Ohio State Senator announced his decision to resign Wednesday after more than two decades in office, in part because of a dispute with Gov. John Kasich over plans for a Daniel Libeskind-designed Holocaust memorial on Statehouse grounds. Richard H. Finan was so upset by such a prospect that he ordered state employees to build a slapdash mockup of the memorial out of plastic pipes and tarp painted with a blue Star of David. The 78-year-old Republican submitted his resignation effective on Oct. 30. He told the Columbus Dispatch it was partially in response to his feud with Gov. Kasich, who called for the memorial in 2011:

“I don’t think the board is performing the way it was meant to anymore. I’m frustrated but I can’t do anything about it. I think it’s time to leave.”

For her part, Nina Libeskind clarified to readers of the Dispatch:

“It is a clear attempt to show what is not real and subvert the process. This is not what we presented.”

The $2 million memorial will be privately funded, but the state will pay for site preparation.

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5 Responses to “Libeskind Memorial Fans Political Feud in Columbus”

  1. Aaron S. says:

    The mock-up may be ugly, but it is less so than most of Daniel Libeskind’s overwrought and pretentious work. And the mock-up is refreshingly free of the bombast, ego and pompousness which Mr. Daniel “I am a Genius” Libeskind brings to the process.

  2. Siena says:

    The Star of David does not offend me. What I find offensive is the presence of a Daniel Libeskind design on State Courthouse grounds. It’s bade enough that it’s another mish mash of every Libeskindinan gimmick in his portfolio, but the BS that goes with it makes a mockery of the Holocaust.

  3. X-Bott2 says:

    I suspect Daniel and Nina Libeskind pray for another Holocaust in their lifetime. From a business standpoint, it was the best thing that ever happened to them, a cash cow that filled their pockets and put these two loudmouth opportunists in the public eye.

  4. MaxiY says:

    Nina Libeskind claims – “It is a clear attempt to show what is not real and subvert the process. This is not what we presented.”

    Hey Nina, I got news for you. At least the mock-up is honestly ugly. Lil’ Danny’s work is pseudo-intellectual trash of a much lower sort.

  5. Mo'n'Curly says:

    Aahh … the trusty old “Fractured Star of David” gimmick again. Nothing like rolling out the same old cliché to show the world what a creative genius you are.

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