I may have to retract Rep. Darrell Issa’s Cosmic Wimp-Out Prize, doled out by this blog just a week or so ago.
My original post, “Ike memorial update,” described the latest iteration of Frank Gehry’s proposed memorial to General Eisenhower. Two of three “tapestries” and two of the four 80-foot posts needed to hold them up were lopped off, but the much larger third tapestry remained in place. My post quoted Issa as seeming to suggest that it might be appropriate to start the design process with a new, more open design competition for the memorial.
My next post, “Issa wimps out,” reflected information from a reader that my original post, which relied upon just one source, left out. The reader provided those important quotes from a story in the Washington Post. The quotes indicated that Issa was willing to let the Gehry design go forward after its most recent change. That was depressing news!
Now the Washington Post is reporting that Issa has sent the Eisenhower Memorial Commission a letter suggesting that it change the Gehry design again by removing the main tapestry and all of the towering posts. In this Issa-says/Darrell-says scenario, it is difficult to predict what will happen next. But confusion is better than certainty that this memorial insult to a great general and president might move forward.
I am pleased to restore at least some of my confidence in Darrell Issa, and await the next turn in this fascinating but excruciating architectural saga.