What You Can Do

Please contact Justin Shubow, president and chairman of the National Civic Art Society, to find out you can help stop Frank Gehry’s monstrous Eisenhower Memorial: [email protected].

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31 Responses to “What You Can Do”
  1. Terry Deady says:

    I agree that this is an inadequate design and should not be funded or
    built. American architects could design something much more fitting
    for such an historic man.

    • Sid says:

      Ask the public to imagine the green leaves in Gehry’s rendering are gone. Those computer generated renderings have a quality of a first-year architectural student quality. More they lied. If we take out the trees, there is nothing artistic.

    • Skip Davison says:

      How does a man like Gehry who has probably never served understand the concepts behind a man like Ike?

      • Nick Homyak says:

        Watched the Eisenhower Commission session on American History TV today; may it be said my agreement lies with the Eisenhower Family in support of the disapproval of the proposed Monument.
        One must also be aware of the National Park Service in its present state of budget cuts and quasi-privatization attempts to diminish its true mission of Organic Act principals along with non-democratic corporate themes of American History. My humble opinion is that IKE’S statue at West Point is a fitting memorial; in all due respects although Eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex he went along with allot of it and his predecessor JFK may very well have been murdered by it.
        Being a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and a believer in the honor of the original intention of the American Army it is hoped the present design debated on American History TV today is defeated.

    • Michael Bobowski says:

      I couldn’t agree more. this design is a disgrace and unfitting of one of the worlds true heroes. they should consider starting facebook & twitter pages to spread the word, and have an online petition link.

      • Nick Homyak says:

        Ike was in a tight fix with the anti-communist purge; sure he was not “afraid” of communism and its kinda of not an American things but lots of good human insights came from it; just do unto others and how much money does one need in life while others suffer. Promote prosperity create harmony, is that being a commie? Oh yes and love your Mother; Earth?
        Send me your petition link my email is [email protected] Nick Homyak

    • sam says:

      This is a job for a Landscape Architect, not an Architect. That is the problem.

  2. Sandra Gray says:

    I am old enough to remember President Eisenhower through the war and through his presidency. I remember him as he was afterwards and with his grandchildren. President Eisenhower would not have understood or liked this memorial.

  3. d. seiler says:

    Everything about this design is bad, with the worst part being the crudeness of those involved…not just of the designer, but of the civic and cultural context that would permit such an approach toward conceiving and building a monument. It is flawed, because it is against the nature of what a memorial should be. There is no room for cynicism in memorials, especially one involving a man who was an icon of both the twentieth century and of the tragic drama that was World War II.

    Congratulations to those who have stopped this flimsy, half-baked project – which future generations would have come to see, instead, as a memorial to the egos of those who planned it.

    Congratulations to the Eisenhower family who have the character to see it for what it is and the courage to say something.

  4. Bill Webster says:

    This pathetic, egotistic ejaculation from Frank Gehry in no way captures Ike’s outstanding qualities and contributions to America. Gehry’s ego needs someone like Ike to guide his efforts more productively. Remember, Ike was able to channel the efforts of multiple prima donnas into a concerted, successful effort without fracturing the Allied coalition. He was able to draw down the Korean War while putting in place structures that contained Soviet aggression without further outbreak of war. While ensuring domestic peace and prosperity, he also had the courage to enforce Brown v. BoE. Sounds like a man who deserves far more space in out nation’s historic memory than Gehry’s personal attempt at self-gratification.

  5. Skoubo says:

    I am concerned that some of the recent memorials have been tributes to the artists rather than the person being honored. It is important to commemorate the person and their greatest achievements in a style that reflects the person and what they stood for.

    It is not an easy task, but one that requires digesting all information available, and a keen ability to listen to those who knew the person best. This would include welcoming comments from the family rather than trying to push a design through.

    I agree that this design does not reflect the character of Dwight D. Eisenhower and hope that other options will be explored.

  6. Donna Schodroski says:

    I agree with the family. The memorial should be more to honor the president and WWII leader of the troops. If he had never accomplished those things, we never would have heard of him. Honoring the “barefoot boy” doesn’t make sense since he hadn’t accomplished anything great at that time. It’s okay to show his early years, but the memorial should focus on his presidential years and his war years.

  7. The controversy over the Eisenhower Memorial presents an opportunity to correct what has been revealed as an ill conceived proposal. I support the objections of the Eisenhower family. Not only does this proposal fail as a representation of Dwight D. Eisenhower the President, it fails as a lasting public memorial, and it fails terribly as an addition to the national architectural heritage of Washington, DC.

    As stewards of this cultural heritage the Commission ought to reopen the discussion of this design in order to seek a solution that distorts neither the classical tradition of its setting, nor the memory of a great national leader.

    D. Jeffrey Mims
    Director, Academy of Classical Design

  8. Bob Sheridan says:

    How about just the General and the paratroopers about to jump into ‘the Nazi hell’. The blood of the men on the Normandy Beaches will be crying in the sand and the surf if this travesty goes forward.

  9. M.MILLER says:

    Pathetic design for a true American Hero. Why the delay in years to construct a Memorial to this man? The answer is simple, todays generation is a loss with ideas of political correctness.

  10. Michael F Wilcox says:

    I grew up respecting President and General Eisenhower. Those were the most happy productive years in American history.This is an insult to the man and more importantly the leader he was. The memorial in my opinion should highlight the leader he was. I will donate to have this garish junk removed from from implementation and a more appropriate one designed and approved.
    Capt. Michael F Wilcox

  11. John Connor says:

    A memorial to a great american such as Dwight Eisenhower should be about revering the man, not revering the latest trend in art. The current suggested design in NO WAY represents the legacy of this man. It playfully, distastefully, trivializes his accomplishments. We’re not talking about a fictional charactor in a Mark Twain novel. We’re talking about Dwight Eisenhower, arguably the most iconic figure to come out of WWII and a 2 term President with numerous accomplishments. This is also, by all accounts, a man who’s personal values and life are to be admired. After the current design was revealed, I cannot believe this is even be considered.

  12. Alan R. Sanders says:

    Gehry’s design is a DUD!

  13. J Comstock says:

    You know the progressives will get their way on this since they eventually backdoor all of their ideas. There is a great statue of President Eisenhower at West Point, New York. I encourage everyone to visit it.

    I say scrap the fiasco in Washington DC. He loved America and the freedoms handed and entrusted to us in our Constitution. I doubt he would want a statue of him in the progressive/socialist cesspool know as Washington DC.

  14. Dr. A. Ray Miller says:

    Here is the comment I posted to the Memorial Commission web site:

    I believe your design concept for President Eisenhower is hideous and demeaning. To cast the Supreme Allied Commander, the person who liberated Europe from the Nazis, the person who led the forces that ultimately ended the Holocaust, and oh yes – who was also a two-term president, as (principally) a barefoot kid is absurd.

    Yes I’m familiar with President Eisenhower’s famous quote about his origins. That was a very sincere and heart-felt comment. We all know what he meant. But to highlight that personal comment as the marquee of his contributions to the nation and to the world is inappropriate.

    Since Frank Gehry is quite an accomplished and acknowledged architect I’ll chose to believe he is not guilty of artistic malpractice. Instead the only obvious conclusion is that he has deliberately engaged in historical vandalism.

  15. J. Dickson says:

    This image of the great war hero and president, Dwight D. Eisenhower is ridiculous. My father was a proud WWII veteran and a lifelong Democrat. The only time he ever voted Republican was for DDE, twice!! I am sure he was not voting for that dreamy-eyed barefoot child they have chosen to depict. Shame on them for not respecting the family and other PATRIOTS in their decision. They are obviously swayed by the left-wing art world and could care less about the importance of President Eisenhower’s contributions to American exceptionalism. I applaud and support my CA congressmen, Issa and Lundgren in their efforts.

  16. helen holmes says:

    It truly is horrible and while Mr. Gehry may have done work that has been more successsful than this, his heart obviously wasn’t in this project. It shows a tremendous lack of understanding why General and then President Eishenhower is being remembered on that mall and it is beyond insulting to the Eisenhower family and really to all of us who lived through that era.

    You look at the Viet Nam Memorial Wall (which didn’t need those soldiers in marble) or Daniel Libeskind’s original version of the 9-11 memorial and you realize that both of those artists absorbed completely what had happened and both in different but artistically beautiful ways help us recollect in helpful ways complex but uniquely American monumements. One doesn’t have to be born here to be sensitive enough to do all the due dilligence in the world before picking up a pencil.

    Mr. Gehry whether he realizes or not, completely misrepresents what President Eisenhower who was a man of relatively few words, left us and made a profouond impact on those who would listen – and many of those who wouldn’t.

    I’d rather see just trees and flowers and some benches and a plain slate in the ground with the President’s name and birth and death dates. At least that wouldn’t offend the way all those horrible concrete pillars and piles of wire that look like the concentration camps the General liberated, did. Where was Mr Gehry’s mind when he envisioned a small boy would would grow up to start the Civil Rights movement and to warn us clearly that war was a business that we ought to avoid. Mr. Gehry is almost celebrating the very things President Eisenhower did not.

    Just say no and no more closed committees ever again should be permitted to select design memorials for Washington, DC. We saw what happened in the World Trade “open competition” and even that was fixed so that a single man with no vision was permitted to make a terrible choice when beauty was staring him in the face but he had no eyes to see.

  17. Orlando Loli says:

    Mr. Gehry has been accepted already as a good architect.
    Why does he want to glorify himself more with this ” grandiose” monument.
    Our great hero President Eisenhower deserves a monument dedicated to him and his life, not to the “greatness” of others

  18. M O Harris III says:

    In the 1950’s, I grew up as an “I Like Ike” grammar school kid.

    For reasons too many to itemize, I’ll just summarize, as follows:…

    The designer, Frank Gehry, has taken unacceptable liberties with provable historic fact.

    Because of this, I would defer to the Eisenhower family….in whole and not in part, and now, not later sometime.

  19. Brian says:

    …should’ve hired a LANDSCAPE architect. Gehry hasn’t had an original thought in 15 years

  20. CLester says:

    I’ve sent out 5 angry letters to various officials regarding this garbage heap. This monstrosity not only ignores the L’Enfant plan it intends to destroy it as well. It completely disregards Washington’s classical Greco/Roman design and replaces it with some bizzarre steel ‘thing’ that has no connection to Ike at all. Unfortunately for Gerhy not all of the public buys into hideous architectural design sold with psychobabble to gullible government officials. Keep up the fight people!

  21. Russ Bohn says:

    Here is the text of a message I sent to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission today:

    I’ve read about the controversy about the design, and I’ve got some advice: back up. Never mind the design, just don’t build it at all, if that’s where you’re going to put it. Regardless of the design, an obscure, out-of-the-way site is not worthy of the man just because it’s presently empty and available. I fully understand that the Mall doesn’t have room for everything, and I would go even further. We don’t need to be building monuments to everyone and everything in the first place. That’s so in addition to the fact that we’ve pretty much run out of space in the most suitable location–the Mall. This site reminds me of the obscure spot where the Robert Taft memorial was placed. Even though it’s on the Capitol grounds, no one ever sees or bothers with it. So, my advice to you is to save a lot of money, and bag the whole idea for lack of an appropriate site worthy of this great man. Our memories are his memorial.

  22. Bret DEDUBE says:

    The presently proposed Eisenhower monument for Washington DC, as designed by Frank Gehry, is a complete disaster, however it may be well suited for Disneyland Park in Orlando commemorating the Donald Duck

    Obviously it shows that the well connected Mr. Frank Gehry, with the extreme talent for self promotion, was selected because of his reputation as an architect who has affinity for exotic vogue shapes of limited life span that overpower the main function.

    Many thank go to the Eisenhower family who have the co rouge and strength to protect the American public from the frivolous memorial design that is destine to have short life span and will fade rapidly into oblivion.

    May I suggest that the NEW ESENHOWER MEMORIAL design competition be OPEN competition and the winner should be selected by a committee where the Eisenhower family takes active part and has the veto power.

  23. In my estimation the idea that an architect should be given the task of creating a work of art is totally wrong. Architects design buildings and to expect an architect to perceive the simplest sculpture is to somehow understate the genius of Michelangelo, an exceptional artist. He was a great artist with the ability to understand the demands of architecture as well. Reverse the concept, and what do you get? A memorial like the one to Eisenhower should suggest that it is a place where one could go to reflect on the ‘spirit of the man’. Any sculptural image placed there must reflect such abstract themes, such as strength and order. This concept cannot be captured in architecture alone. It requires an additional dimension like the element of free will and commitment. The right sculpture should provide all this and as a sculptor I have the perfect piece for your consideration.

  24. John Van de Loop says:

    http://www.world-architects.com/en/pages/eisenhower-memorial-approved

    Just came across this 1 July 2013 article that the commission is moving ahead? Sad day. Do not agree with this design. Very frustrating they are not listening to the family.

  25. Douglas Pratt says:

    I graduated from Eisenhower College in 1974. The College was supposed to be the national memorial to Ike, and he said that it meant more to him than some pigeon perch in Washington. The Eighties killed off the College, and that’s a shame; but it’s more than a shame to proceed with this so-called memorial project. It’s an insult.

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