Do you notice how it’s called the “Gehry” Memorial, not the “Eisenhower Memorial”?
That’s because this ugly, outrageously expensive, inappropriate memorial is a tribute to Frank Gehry’s ego, not to the revered former President and statesman. Ike is nowhere to be found in this ghastly monument to an aging architect’s vanity.
The New York Times is pronouncing on the Gehry Memorial, reporting that it’s being called a “five-star folly.”
I would like to point out that I wrote words to the same effect more than a year ago, in my Huffington Post piece about the memorial. I also wrote of the atrocious way Gehry treated my husband Sabin Howard.
Regarding the spiraling expense of the piece, I wrote:
Nor was the announcement written to give hard facts that allow people to know the truth. For example, what wasn’t said is how much Gehry’s design will cost: at least $142 million of taxpayer money, according to sources.
But the Times quotes from a 58 page report stating that Gehry & Co. have pocketed over $10,000,000 for the memorial. What’s there to show for the sum of money? Where can I get a gig like that, where I can siphon off eight figures and produce almost nothing, or at most a few little macquettes? Nice work if you can get it!
I applaud Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah who has introduced a bill to appoint a new commission.