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Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design Approved by Fine Arts Commission

COURTESY THE KANSAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Former President Dwight Eisenhower.

COURTESY THE KANSAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Frank Gehry’s revised design for the long-delayed Eisenhower Memorial on the Washington Mall was approved today by the United States Commission of Fine Arts, The New York Times reports.

The Times said the new design “replaces the memorial’s east and west steel tapestries — depicting the Kansas plains where Eisenhower spent his boyhood — with single columns that mark the north corners of the site, preparing visitors for the entrance. The south columns and tapestry aim to define the memorial’s space and frame the views of the Capitol.”

Now there’s only the matter of funding the project–“unless [the Eisenhower Memorial Commission is] going to build it themselves,” Anne Eisenhower, the former president’s granddaughter told The Times.

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