Latest version of proposal by Frank Gehry for an Eisenhower memorial on the National Mall
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By David Brussat
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The National Civic Art Society, in Washington, D.C., is holding a competition for a counterproposal to Frank Gehry’s design for a memorial to President Eisenhower on the National Mass, in Washington. (Above is a rendering of the Gehry proposal.) Joining with the NCAS in hosting the competition is the mid-Atlantic chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. Go here to learn how to enter the competition.
Members of the New England chapter of the ICA & CA should consider entering.
The NCAS site has some pithy words about Gehry’s proposed design:
Gehry’s proposed basketball court-sized metal mesh screens hung between massive concrete posts over sixty feel tall would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders. Rather than being in harmony with Washington, the proposed monument would screen off and separate itself from the city, blocking views of the National Mall. This proposal fails Eisenhower, fails beauty, fails our capital city, and, in so doing, fails our nation.