Washington Images of trees and grain silos evoking President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Kansas home are part of the latest design architect Frank Gehry proposed Thursday for a memorial to the 34th president in the nation’s capital.
Gehry plans to use woven metal tapestries featuring photographs to frame a memorial park being built to honor to Eisenhower about a block off of the National Mall.
At a meeting on the design, Gehry discussed how architects settled on using photographs that depict the Kansas town of Abilene where “Ike” grew up. They once considered using an image from the D-Day landings that Eisenhower led as Allied commander in World War II, which Gehry said would focus too much on war.
“I’ve read everything I could find about him, and he kept referring to Abilene,” Gehry said. “He talks about the barefoot boy who went on this odyssey.”
Smaller features inside the plaza would depict Eisenhower as president and general, perhaps with sculptures, along with some of his quotations in a park landscaped with sycamore trees native to Kansas.