Architect Frank Gehry and his design team proposed changes Tuesday to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial planned for a site near the National Mall after hearing complaints from Ike’s family for months.
The family had said the design focuses too much on Eisenhower’s humble Kansas roots, rather than his accomplishments. Members of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission held a public meeting to review changes and said they were nearing a resolution to seek final approval of Gehry’s concept.
Gehry has proposed a memorial park that would be framed with large metal tapestries showing a Kansas landscape to evoke Eisenhower’s boyhood home in Abilene, Kan. At the center of the park, Gehry is replacing large images in stone reliefs with statues standing about 9 feet tall, showing Ike as a World War II hero and as president.
In a letter to the commission Tuesday, Gehry explained the changes. He couldn’t attend because his firm designed the set for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of “Don Giovanni,” opening Friday.
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