The National Civic Art Society wasn’t happy with Frank Gehry’s modernist proposal for an Eisenhower memorial near the National Mall, so they sponsored a competition to design an alternative. The results were released last night, including first- and second-place winners. Both winners, along with Gehry’s original design, are shown at right.
Gehry’s design has the advantage of offering a more direct connection to Eisenhower himself. Gehry proposes columns reminiscent of the Interstate highways Eisenhower championed, as well as large panels depicting Eisenhower’s life. On the other hand, it’s ugly and wouldn’t do anything to soften the harsh landscape of its site in the Southwest Federal Center.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.