Art: Instant Stonehenge

"We must be on our guard," warned Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Hugh Scott some months ago, "lest the nation's capital come to resemble an unplanned cemetery." He may have been more prophetic than he knew. Last week the capital was mulling over a design picked by a national jury— for a memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt—eight soaring concrete and marble tablets that at once reminded some viewers of a collection of tombstones. "Instant Stonehenge," the Washington Post called it.

The design sculptor is 32-year-old Norman Hoberman, who worked with a team from the Manhattan architectural firm of Pedersen & Tilney. Hoberman rejected the...

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