Monday, March 5, 2012
The Left Rebuilds Eisenhower
A proposed memorial by architect Frank Gehry, the darling of the modern art set, erects large metal "tapestries," unadorned columns that have been compared to silos (Eisenhower was from Kansas, of course), and generally tries to break new ground in the world of heroic commemoration.
A collection of writings pro and con on the design are here.
Gehry's awkwardly Seuss-like buildings, a selection here, seem determined to be jolting in appearance at the cost of being useful in design. In other words they're much more about Gehry than they are about themselves, which begs the question: Should this be the guy to memorialize one of the 20th century's chief heroes?
Of course the art-fans of the nation -- uniformly on the Left, politically, as that whole movement is about reconstructing the ideals and heroism of the nation -- are all in favor of Gehry's design. And of course anyone opposed is painted as a backward philistine, but we've been here before.
Hopefully the GOP presidential candidates will take this on as a campaign issue. It's a no-lose, given the subject. With a public airing, President Obama will have to either endorse the anti-American art Left or disavow this terrible memorial.
And as for Gehry, if he wants a monument to himself in Washington, let him go out and win a world war.
Posted by Info at 10:13 AM