This glass portrait of Kamala Harris embodies how she shattered the glass ceiling

Installation by the National Women's History Museum can be seen in D.C. this week

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Feb 05, 2021

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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.”

Kamala Harris portrait

Kamala Harris portrait


Feb 05, 2021
Client :
National Women's History Museum
Agency :
BBH-New York
Co-founder and CEO :
Carolyn Childers
Co-Founder :
Lindsay Kaplan
VP Marketing :
Clare Carr
Design Director :
Kinney Seth
Senior Marketing Manager :
Tova Miller
Copywriter :
Kali Shulklapper
Partner :
Jon S. Bouker
Partner :
Wesley T. Gee
Executive Administrator :
Patty Hernandez
Vice President of External Affairs :
Jennifer Herrera
President & CEO :
Holly Hotchner
Associate :
Dan Jasnow
Chief Brand and Experience Officer :
Jessica Tillyer
Chair :
Susan Whiting
Chief Creative Officer :
Rafael Rizuto
President :
Amani Duncan
Creative Director :
Jackie Anzaldi
Creative Director :
LIz Loudy
Creative Director :
Diego Fonseca
Creative Director :
Jim Schwartz
Associate Creative Director :
Zac Ong
Executive Producer :
Peter Williams
Producer :
Caitlin Byrnes Dawson
Supervising Producer :
Marc Baill
Motion Designer :
Yuan Guo
Director of Studio Operations :
John Connolly
Lead Retoucher :
Brian Truncali
Global Chief Growth Officer :
Tim Harvey
Account Director :
Julia Brenton
Account Supervisor :
Cris Flores
Head of Planning :
Tom Callard
Production :
Glass Artwork
Artist :
Simon Berger
Represented by :
Artstübli Gallery
Portrait Photographer :
Celeste Sloman
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Production Company :
m ss ng p eces
Experience Director / Head of Immersive Content :
Mike Woods
Founder / Managing Partner :
Ari Kuschnir
Managing Partner :
Kate Oppenheim
Managing Partner :
Brian Latt
Executive Producer / Partner :
Dave Saltzman
Executive Producer :
Edward Grann
Producer :
Jason Reif
Developer :
Mike Bodge
Fabricator :
DC Scenic Services
Music Company :
Human Worldwide
Composer :
Jon Hubbell
Executive Producer :
Carol Dunn
Creative Lead :
Craig Deleon
Producer :
Joshua Green
Color :
Company 3
Colorist :
Sofie Borup
Color Producer :
Alexandra Lubrano
Audio Post Production :
Sound Lounge
Audio Mixer :
Ashley Simmons
Producer :
Lauren Mullen
Key Visual :
Kenneth Brossoie
Getty Editorial :
Shannon Finney
Photographer :
Martien Mulder
Represented by :
Walter Schupfer

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