From Metal Factory to Architectural Innovator

Courtesy Zahner
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Taking on the Trickiest Projects

Zahner said that Gehry's planned Eisenhower Memorial, in Washington, D.C., is "one of the most difficult things I've ever worked on." The design involves several steel "tapestries," which require a complicated process called weaving. Gehry looked to China and Japan for technology that could do the job, but settled on Zahner, which has been working with artists at the Kansas City Art Institute to hash out a solution. "It's doing something with metals that has never been done before," said Zahner. "If it works, it'll be unbelievably gorgeous."