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Itís Time to Bury Frank Gehryís Eisenhower Memorial
Roll Call ^ | Feb. 3, 2014 | Justin Shubow

Posted on 03/07/2014 12:01:18 PM PST by re_tail20

The Eisenhower Memorial is dead. Not the memorial itself, but the wildly unpopular design by Frank Gehry.

The decisive blow is Congress’ 2014 budget, which denied the $49 million in construction funds requested by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, the body charged with building the memorial. Instead, Congress allotted $1 million for operations, thereby halving the Commission’s previous annual budget. Congress also reinstated the requirement that the Commission possess 100% of construction funding before it can break ground.

This sets an impossibly high bar. The Commission’s 2014 budget request estimated that it would need an additional $25 million in construction funds for 2015. It is inconceivable that a Congress unwilling to devote a single dollar toward construction will appropriate the combined $74 million. Furthermore, the Commission said it needs to raise $35 million in private funds—yet there is every indication that such fundraising has been an utter failure.

Congress also called for the Commission to work with the Eisenhower family, which has vehemently opposed the design for being grandiose and extravagant. Since they object to Gehry’s fundamental concept (the gargantuan columns and steel “tapestries”), there can be no compromise. Congress’s message is clear: Gehry has got to go.

It is not just Congress that is refusing support. Every party that has a say has turned against the memorial. In November, the plan went before the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, one of two agencies that must approve the design. At that meeting, all seven commissioners critiqued the design.

Alex Krieger, a professor of urban design at Harvard, judged the plan according to the standards of a “traditional first-semester architecture exercise.” He emphatically said, “This would fail.” Krieger complained that each iteration of the design has made it worse...

(Excerpt) Read more at eisenhowermemorial.net ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography
KEYWORDS: eisenhower

1 posted on 03/07/2014 12:01:18 PM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20
Despite his brilliant accomplishments in uniform and in the White House, Ike remained a humble man all his life. I doubt he'd want any memorial.

But if a memorial is built to commemorate this remarkable man, it should not be the trash Gehry designed.

2 posted on 03/07/2014 12:07:35 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: re_tail20

This has become such an awful boondoggle.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 12:10:31 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: re_tail20
It's dead. Augusta National loses 'Eisenhower Tree'


4 posted on 03/07/2014 12:18:23 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: re_tail20

Ike’s campus in Abaliene Kansas is the place for Ike fans.

Any Freeper driving I-70 must allow four hours to see it. There’s his home, WWII museum, presidential library. All of it puts his extraordinary life into context.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 12:22:39 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: mojito

Anything Gehry touches is an anti-human mess, an indirect attack upon Wrstern standards of beauty, and a pro-totalitarian attempt to force people to endure ugliness.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 12:45:16 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: re_tail20

I saw a color sketch but I would like to see a very detailed plan before declaring that this is the only work of Gehry that I have ever seen that looks like it (1) is actually constructible and (2) that does not appear to have half the viewers get an immediate upset stomach.

I feel that everyone has to make a living, but it amazes me how this guy keeps getting commissions based upon the history of his problem prone projects.

Many of the great trend setters in architecture had designs that were unconstructible with technology available at the time. (More has been spent on repair the leaking and problematic Falling Water than was spent to build it originally.) Gehry however falls into a complete class of his own.

Moshe Safdie, Gehry, I. M. Pei and others on the cutting edge of architecture almost always are going to have “court costs” for the owners and builders that end up utilizing their services. Often their buildings are referred to as monuments, but it would be better termed to call then monuments to ego.

At the time of the Hyatt Regency Skywalks collapse, a famous industrial designer (Victor Papanek) that I heard interviewed said that as design and architecture merge into a executable package they often have a “Gee Whizz” factor that remains problematic in execution. It is the factor that the designer insists upon and becomes integral to its sale to the owner but the designer’s own team of architects and engineers aren’t able to fully make it constructible and sound. It is the factor that makes viewers of the finished product say, Gee Whizz how do they keep that up there, or gee whizz, how did they do that.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 12:57:08 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: re_tail20

Just put Ike on the $10 bill and Reagan on the $20 and skip the memorials.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 2:27:42 PM PST by RickGee
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To: re_tail20; All
How about we just do a memorial to Ike's fantastically successful "Operation Wetback"?

How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

9 posted on 03/07/2014 3:02:38 PM PST by montag813
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To: re_tail20

It’s hard to make any assessment over the proposed memorial without any description or drawing of what was proposed.


10 posted on 03/08/2014 5:30:36 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

http://blogs.artinfo.com/objectlessons/files/2012/11/Web_Eisenhower-Memorial_General-President-overview.jpeg


11 posted on 03/09/2014 2:26:26 PM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

<(img src=http://www.eisenhowermemorial.net/images/2012/05/Eisenhower_Memorial_redesign-440x240.png>


12 posted on 03/09/2014 2:31:39 PM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Still need to work on my picture posting skills.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 2:32:28 PM PDT by re_tail20
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