Reviewing the Gehry-designed Eisenhower Memorial

I was skeptical at first, and for a long time. I still wonder about the enormous columns that will support the tapestry with which Frank Gehry memorializes the life and accomplishments of Dwight D. Eisenhower. But the more you think about it–and I suspect I over think it in this piece–the more brilliant a giant, civic tapestry in the middle of Washington seems. After a test of sample pieces of the metal fabric, many of the people who will ultimately have to approve the memorial design were wowed. And now, with the generation that remembers Ike as a war leader and president getting on in years, there is an urgency to see the memorial finished. There are many reasons to stop building memorials, full-stop, in Washington. But based on design alone, this is one that deserves to be realized.

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