Over two decades in the making, Frank Gehry's design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. will finally open to the public this Friday. A tribute to the 34th President of the United States, the memorial was commissioned by Congress in 1999 to honor the legacy of the World War II Supreme Allied Commander. Eisenhower is well known for leading the invasion of Normandy, a turning point in the war, and for serving two terms as President of United States. The dedication of the memorial marks the culmination of many years of work between the Gehry and the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, as well as designers, artists, construction teams and others that brought the Memorial project to reality. Located in a four-acre public park adjacent to the National Mall, it's sited across the street from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The memorial features three bronze sculptures of Eisenhower by sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, stone bas relief images and inscription panels. Framing the entire park and Memorial is a stainless steel woven tapestry by artist Tomas Osinski, which depicts the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc on the Normandy coastline in peacetime.
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