U of A Alumnus’ National Monument Design Draws Controversy

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A Fayetteville man’s vision is stirring up controversy after beating out over 300 applicants to design a national monument.

Joe Weishaar, lead designer of the National World War I Memorial In Washington, D.C., spoke on the University of Arkansas Campus in a lecture titled “To End All Wars: The Fight for the National World War One Monument.” 

Weisharr is a 2013 graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and his piece, “The Weight of Sacrifice,” has hit a few road bumps over the past three years.

“We’ve sort of faced some uphill battles of historic preservation,” Weishaar said. “The site has been deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic places, and so we’ve had to sort of overcome quite a few hurdles in scaling back some elements of the design, adding new ones and finding really a solution that everyone can live with.”

Weishaar said that construction on the updated design should start this fall and be completed on Nov. 11, 2021.

It will be located a block from the White House.

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