Frank Gehry hopes to meet with members of the Eisenhower family and work with them to assuage their concerns about his proposed memorial design, says the Eisenhower Memorial Commission (EMC), which is spearheading the $112 million project in Washington, D.C. The family has not responded to the invitation, other than to say they will confer before considering their next move, according to a March 30 post on Susan Eisenhower’s blog.
During a March 20 congressional hearing, Gehry's scheme drew strong criticism from Susan, the president's granddaughter. Speaking before a House of Representatives subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands, Susan expressed several concerns about the design, notably that it obscures Eisenhower’s achievements and fails to present an appropriate summation of his career. “Eisenhower’s contribution to this nation is not the central theme of the design,” she stated. She objects to the fact that the central statue may depict Eisenhower as a boy and that sculptural elements could overshadow the bas reliefs of Eisenhower as a general and president.