Congressman Bishop has unfortunately become just another career politican.
When the name of the architect gets more attention that the person being honored
and remembered, they it is time to get another architect. Gehry is world
renown, but his name and design is overshadowing Eisenhower. That is simply
wrong. Add to that that the family of the person being honored does not like
the design, and the cost is getting out of hand, then Rep. Bishop is absolutely
right in taking the track of getting other design concepts.Unfortunately, this has become all about Frank Gehry, his designs, and AIA,
and has pushed the whole purpose and intent of creating this monument to
Eisenhower off to the side. When people go to see the memorial honoring someone
like Ike, they should be thinking of Ike and not of the person who designed it.
This project will cost $100 million more than expected and the honoree's
family does not like it.Other than that it is a wonderful thing. It
is a monument to the insanity that infects Washington, DC, where people are
criticized for making obvious and common sense proposals to do ANYTHING that
might cut spending even a tiny bit.Thank you, Congressman Rob Bishop
for being a rare voice for common sense in Congress, and willing to try to make
even small improvements.However, I would much rather see Bishop
stand up and try to eliiminate the entire Department of Education, Department of
Energy and funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
"...the responsible management of more than $60 million." ?
Here's a more responsible management - don't build it.
If you want to see a great monument to Eisenhower, go to his Presidential
Library/Museum/Memorial Chapel/Childhood home in Abilene, KS. It is a very
fitting tribute. Also very open and simple. Then go see his farm at
Gettysburg. He was not an extravegant man. Either change the design or can the
architect and start over. And, get private donations to fund the
construction.I wasn't in favor of the design of the Vietnam
Memorial in DC when I first saw it. But, since I have been there several times,
the design has grown on me. Very simple and powerful. It is now one of my
favorite places in DC to go and contemplate, and to see my uncle's name on
Rob BIshop is one of the few in Congress with common sense. ANd the dig at him
being a "career politician" is unfair. I guess the critic who used that
label would want fire-breathing amateurs as long as they juice up the crowd?
If Architects want to be uncensored with their grandiose works, then
don't use taxpayers' money. If they want to raise private funds for
memorial, then so be it. But as long as they're using taxpayer funds (and
I don't think they should at all during these times of defense furloughs),
then Rob Bishop has every right as a Congressman to take appropriate corrective
action.I think he's exactly right-on when he said that the
Eisenhower Memorial has become all about the famous architect Gehery and not
about Eisenhower. From what I know about Eisenhower, he'd be agahst at the
Gehry grandiose design.