Hoping to emulate the unlikely success of Chi-cago's "Cows on Parade" public art exhibit of a few years back, Omaha, Neb., asked its artistic community to participate in what it called the "J. Doe Project."
Participants were given a 7-foot-tall slab of fiberglass and asked to sculpt a human shape, or something close to it. Male or female figures were acceptable—hence the project's title.
Scott Bargenquast, a senior art director at The Sacco Group, worked around his design and print duties at the Omaha shop. His model, Marily Mondoe, was accepted and sponsored by American National Bank.
Inspired by Marilyn Monroe's famous skirt-flying pose from The Seven Year Itch, Bargenquast, who paints in his spare time but rarely sculpts, used wire and more fiberglass to create Mondoe's blonde hair and white dress. When he was done, the bank had an additional request: that he work in money—"dough," Bargenquast said. So he applied a number of bills on wires around his project, as if they, too, were flying in the subway vent's updraft.
The sculpture was hoisted atop the bank's 30-foot sign at a busy Omaha intersection. Come winter, the piece will be displayed in the bank's lobby.