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Key arts panel approves Eisenhower Memorial design

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has voted to grant general approval to architect Frank Gehry’s design for a planned national memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

The commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the capital reviewed Gehry’s core imagery of Eisenhower on Thursday. The members voted 3-1 to approve the general layout.

Gehry has proposed a memorial park with statues and images of Ike as president, as World War II hero and as a young boy from Kansas. The park would be framed by large metal tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of his boyhood home.

The commission suggested that Gehry remove two smaller side tapestries and use only one as a backdrop. That would reduce the number of huge stone columns holding them up.