WASHINGTON (AP) – After more than 18 months of delays, the planned Eisenhower Memorial project near the National Mall faces further setbacks.
The federal Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced Tuesday that it will not appear before the National Capital Planning Commission as planned on Thursday. The memorial group cites concerns raised by the planning commission’s staff over architect Frank Gehry’s design.
Gehry has proposed a memorial park with statues and images of Eisenhower as president, World War II hero and as a young boy from Kansas. Large metal tapestries and columns would frame the park, with images depicting the Kansas landscape of Eisenhower’s boyhood home.
The planning commission’s staff is questioning the durability of the woven metal tapestries and wants to see results from further testing. Most memorials are made of stone or bronze.