Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Makes Anything but Funny Money

Illustration by Sophie Dedieu

On December 1, 2011, The National Civic Art Society unveiled its illustration of how Frank Gehry’s design for the national Eisenhower Memorial will appear on an American bill. We believe that this ghostly image is anything but funny money. The design is as transparent as the emperor’s new clothes.  There’s no there there.

President Eisenhower deserves better. The American people deserve better.

We’d like what Ike would have liked.

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The model of the Memorial design used in the illustration was created by Gehry Partners LLP at the behest of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. The model is available on the website of the National Park Service along with other images. The rectangular building behind the Memorial is the Department of Education.

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