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Eisenhower Memorial: Now With Doodads

The Eisenhower family may still loathe Frank Gehry's proposed design for a $142 million memorial to the 34th president of the United States, but whatever! The plans keep coming: The Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced yesterday that it would create a "high-tech virtual memorial" to pair with the monument.

Media-design firm Local Projects LLC is putting together an "e-memorial" featuring a mobile app. From the Associated Press report:

The e-memorial will include a mobile app using "augmented reality" technology to superimpose historic images and recordings onto Gehry's memorial scene and tapestries. ... Some monuments, such as George Washington's 555-foot-tall obelisk, require prior knowledge from visitors to capture their symbolic meaning. Other sites, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, have museum-style visitor centers to accompany and explain statues and words engraved in marble. In the case of Eisenhower, the storytelling will be electronic.

As visitors browse the memorial, they'll be able to use their smartphones to watch supplemental videos, hear Eisenhower delivering a radio address, or relinquish their phones to their kids so they can play memorial-themed games. Materials for the app are sourced partly from the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas. The "e-memorial" would not exceed $2 million in development costs, and when it is complete, the National Park Service would be responsible for maintaining it, AP reports.

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  1. #1

    This is really getting sort of crazy now, isn't it? I mean, I'm not exactly a fan of the Geary memorial, but a "virtual" memorial? I suppose it's worth a try. But why not just put a statue of the guy up on a horse ( or maybe riding in a jeep) like all the other damn statues of generals in this town? A lot less expensive, too. Poor old Ike would be embarrassed by all this fuss.

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