1. Mid of glass portrait of US Vice President Kamala Harris
2. Bystanders looking at portrait
3. Various of artwork
4. Close-up of broken glass in artwork
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jennifer Herrera, Vice President, National Women's History Museum:
"You know for so long, women have tried to ascend to the highest offices in our country, political offices, and time and time again they have hit this metaphorical glass ceiling.
6. Close-up of broken glass
7. Wide of Lincoln Memorial and artwork
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Katherine Bourdon, Alexandria, VA resident:
"It looks like magic. The fact that he was able to break the glass in this way, that's so meticulous. It's a remarkable resemblance to Kamala."
9. Close-up of artwork and Lincoln Memorial
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Jennifer Herrera, Vice President, National Women's History Museum:
"You know it really represents the best in America. It represents hope. It represents the future and it represents, you know truly the values that we hold dear. So, to have this representation and to show that representation is possible in this country, we couldn't think of a more perfect spot for this."
11. Close-up of broken glass
12. Wide of artwork, reflecting pond and Washington Monument
Two weeks after Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman to be vice president, her barrier-breaking career has been memorialized in a portrait that depicts her face emerging from the cracks in a massive sheet of glass.
The 6-by-6 foot (1.8 meter), 350-pound (159 kilogram) portrait, meant to symbolize Harris breaking through a glass ceiling, was unveiled Thursday at the Lincoln Memorial by groups excited by Harris' historic election as the first woman and person of color to the nation's second-highest office.
“You know it really represents the best in America. It represents hope. It represents the future and it represents, you know truly the values that we hold dear," said Jennifer Herrera, Vice President, External Affairs at the National Women's History Museum, a co-sponsor of the project.
Harris has notched a series of firsts during a legal and political career that has taken her from California to the office of vice president in Washington.
The 56-year-old daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants was the first woman and person of color to serve as San Francisco's district attorney, the first woman and first Black person to become California's attorney general, the first Black person to represent California in the U.S. Senate and the first woman, Black person and Asian American to be elected vice president.
She is also the first vice president with a historically Black college, Howard University, for an alma mater.
The idea to commission a portrait to commemorate Harris' election originated at the creative agency BBH New York.
The creative team then launched a search for an artist and found Simon Berger, who lives in Switzerland and specializes in glass artistry.
Using a photo of Harris that was taken by New York photographer Celeste Sloman as a guide, Berger lightly hammered on the slab of laminated glass to create the tiny cracks and fissures that together formed Harris' one-of-a-kind likeness.
Berger said he created his first glass portrait in 2016 while experimenting.
Harris is aware of the project, but it was unclear whether she would go see it.
The portrait will be on public display at the Lincoln Memorial through Saturday night.
It will then go to the Chief flagship office in New York, with future plans for public viewing to be determined.