Panel that oversees Ohio Statehouse grounds approves design for Holocaust memorial on lawn

7/18/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — A panel overseeing the Ohio Statehouse has approved the design for a Holocaust memorial that will be erected on its grounds.

Today's approval comes despite concerns from Richard Finan, the head of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. He opposes the memorial and has questioned whether it would fit in at the Civil War-era Statehouse.

The privately funded project is believed to be the first Holocaust memorial at any U.S. statehouse. It comes at Gov. John Kasich's request.

Daniel Libeskind of New York has been recommended as the artist of the memorial. His design features a split limestone path toward two, upright panels. Cutouts on the panels are positioned to reveal a six-pointed Star of David.

Finan said the memorial could cause the state legal problems.