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Eisenhower Memorial Competition 2011

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Architects and Students Invited to Submit Designs for Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Counterproposal Competition

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This spring, the National Civic Art Society (NCAS) and the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICACA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter invites classical architects and artists to engage in a competition to design a counterproposal to Frank Gehry's design of a national monument to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The competition, which is open to any designer or team of designers who are citizens of the United States, will seek to encourage the design of appropriate, meaningful, and timeless memorials to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, five-star general of the United States Army, Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe and Supreme Commander of NATO. It is the hope of the NCAS and ICACA that this competition will encourage dialogue among designers and the general public about the meaning, inspiration and dignity of designs that are suitable to commemorate a distinguished president and general.

Submissions should be designs that embody the traditions of civic art in Washington, DC and should stand in harmony with the vision of the L'Enfant Plan as well as the McMillan Commission. All submissions are due by April 15, 2011. For more information about the specifications as well the monetary awards to be bestowed upon the winners of the competition, please scroll down to the details section of this page.

Please right-click on the following link (command-click on a Macintosh) and choose a save-to-disk option from the menu to download the official entry form PDF: Eisenhower Competition 2011 Form

Questions about the competition may be directed to [email protected].

The National Civic Art Society (NCAS) is an organization dedicated to the betterment of our nation's civic architecture, monuments, and art, and the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICACA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter is an organization dedicated to strengthening and furthering the classical building arts.

Competition Summary

The recent selection of a Frank Gehry design for a national monument to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and the Supreme Commander of the victorious Allied Forces in Europe in the Second World War, is deeply troubling to many Americans. Devoid of, and in defiance of, traditional aesthetic principles, the proposed design does not convey the meaning, inspiration and dignity suitable to commemorate a distinguished general and president of the United States.

Frank Gehry Proposed DesignGehry's proposed basketball court-sized metal mesh screens hung between massive concrete posts over sixty feel tall would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L'Enfant and our nation's Founders. Rather than being in harmony with Washington, the proposed monument would screen off and separate itself from the city, blocking views of the National Mall. This proposal fails Eisenhower, fails beauty, fails our capital city, and, in so doing, fails our nation.

In response to the gravity of this situation, the National Civic Art Society (NCAS), an organization dedicated to the betterment of our nation's civic architecture, monuments, and art, and the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICACA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter, an organization dedicated to strengthening and furthering the classical building arts, have allied to sponsor a counter proposal competition for the Eisenhower Memorial.

We believe that the best way to commemorate President Eisenhower and adorn the city of Washington is through designs based on the classical idiom of our nation's other great monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, or the Jefferson Memorial. Our competition is a call for submissions in this tradition.

Details

The Competition:

To design an appropriate, meaningful, and timeless Memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to any designer or team of designers who are citizens of the United States.

Site:

The site is bounded on the north by Independence Avenue SW, to the east by 4th Street SW, to the west by 5th Street SW, and to the south by a setback 50' to the north of the Department of Education. The site is 622' feet east to west and 236' north to south. There is no significant grade change on the site.

The configuration of Maryland Avenue SW is open to modification. The configuration of Independence Avenue however is to remain in its current state.

Please right-click here to download the site plan (control-click on a Macintosh) and save to your hard drive: Eisenhower Site PDF or Eisenhower Site DWG.

Design:

The memorial should be recognizable as a memorial in the classical idiom appropriate to the dignity of the subject and appropriate to Washington, DC. The memorial should embody the traditions of civic art in Washington, DC and should stand in harmony with the vision of the L'Enfant Plan and the McMillan Plan.

The use of symbolic content and representation must be considered. The memorial should be able to speak to future generations without explanation in form of placards or signs.

No limit to the size or extent of the memorial is specified apart from height limits imposed by the District of Columbia building code.

A sculptural representation that is recognizable as Dwight D. Eisenhower and appropriately calibrated to the gravity of the memorial and to the dignity of the city as a whole is required.

Format:

Entries must be limited to one 32" x 40" sheet. Entrants are also required to submit a CD with digital copies of the presentation. The digital copies shall be no less than 300 dpi in resolution.

Required Drawings:

Optional Drawings:

All scale drawings should have a graphic and text scale indicated.

All sheets should bear the title:

Eisenhower Memorial Competition
National Civic Art Society
Washington D.C.

Submission:

Please download the official Eisenhower Competition 2011 Form PDF for official entry form. Entries must be mailed to:

National Civic Art Society
904 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 548-2600

Jury:

The jury will be composed of members of the architectural, artistic and civic communities dedicated to the restoration of the classical vision of Washington, DC.

Deadline:

Entries must be received by May 6, 2011 at 5 PM Eastern time.

Judging:

Judges will convene before the Award Reception to choose the design that best exemplifies the ideals of a meaningful, timeless memorial that is appropriate classical vision of Washington, DC.

Award Reception:

You are invited to a National Civic Art Society (NCAS) reception on Monday, June 6 to honor the entrants and the prize winners of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Counterproposal Competition, which was co-sponsored by the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art (ICA&A) Mid-Atlantic Chapter. The reception will be in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2203, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM. A selection of entries, including the winning entries, will be on display.

In addition, all donations to the National Civic Art Society to support the cost of hosting the reception and competition will be welcomed. Please RSVP to [email protected] as soon as possible (and no later than Saturday, June 4) due to space limitations if you would like to attend.

If you are interested in writing further about the competition, we are happy to send you images of the winners, although we ask that they be embargoed until after 7:30 PM Eastern on June 6.

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors of the National Civic Art Society

Awards:

First Prize - $1000
Second Prize - $500

Additional Prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the jury and the National Civic Art Society.

Sponsors:

The National Civic Art Society and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America have generously sponsored this prize.

Further Information:

Please Contact:

National Civic Art Society
904 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
202.548.2600
202.543.3311 (fax)
[email protected]

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