Frank Gehry Proposes Woven Metal Tapestries for Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

By BRETT ZONGKER
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:22 PM EDT
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Gehry-Designed Eisenhower Memorial Unveiled

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Frank Gehry wants to bring a piece of the heartland into the nation's capital with his design for a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The acclaimed architect revealed changes to his proposal Thursday. Gehry wants to create woven metal tapestries to frame the memorial with scenes depicting a Kansas landscape with grain silos where “Ike” grew up.

First, he must convince a federal panel that must approve the design. Members of the National Capital Planning Commission repeated strong reservations Thursday over the scale of the 80-foot-tall columns that would hold up the tapestries at a site just off the National Mall.

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