A glass portrait honoring Kamala Harris, unveiled in front of the Lincoln Memorial yesterday, symbolizes her achievement in shattering the "glass ceiling" by becoming the country's first female vice president.
The work is presented by the National Women's History Museum, together with Chief, a private network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders.The portrait itself is based on a color photo of Harris taken by photographer Celeste Sloman and was crafted by artist Simon Berger. The installation was conceived by creative agency BBH New York, with production partnership from M ss ng P eces. It will be on display through tomorrow (Feb. 6).
To craft the piece, Berger tapped a hammer on large sheets of laminated safety glass, making tiny cracks and fissures. When viewed together, they coalesce to create a 3-D-style likeness. The installation also includes a plaque featuring a QR code which viewers can scan to take them to an Instagram Spark AR, with an augmented reality experience that illustrates Harris’ glass-breaking moments.
Harris' husband, the United States' first-ever second gentleman, tweeted about the portrait today:
"Representation matters, especially at the ballot box, and the inauguration of Kamala Harris as the first woman, and first woman of color, to serve as vice president of the United States is a landmark moment in American history,” said Holly Hotchner, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum, in a statement. “Today’s progress is built on the legacy of the women who came before – the trailblazers, like Kamala, who raised their voices, marched for their rights, and ran for elected office; the women who cracked glass ceilings so that other women could shatter them
“We hope that women—of all ages and backgrounds—will see their own strength and potential reflected in the portrait of our first woman vice president,” added Amani Duncan, President of BBH New York. “This incredible work of art featuring interactive elements is a rallying moment for all organizations to work together to advance gender equity and address the issues facing women and other marginalized genders.”