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Gehry revises design for Eisenhower Memorial in DC

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By BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Architect Frank Gehry is revising the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall after objections have delayed the project.

On Thursday, Gehry's team will propose eliminating metal tapestries on the sides of the memorial square, along with some columns. The designers are trying to win approval from the National Capital Planning Commission. The federal panel voted to reject a previous design in April.

Stainless steel tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of Ike's boyhood home are a unique piece of Gehry's design. One long tapestry would remain as a backdrop for a memorial park. The site also includes statues of Eisenhower as president and World War II general.

Eisenhower Memorial Commission spokeswoman Chris Kelley Cimko says the group hopes the changes move the project forward.

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