BLONDE ON WHITE

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 in Omaha, crafted a model of Marilyn Mondoe in his spare time. It was sponsored by American National Bank.

Inspired by Monroe’s famous skirt-flying pose from The Seven Year Itch, Bargenquast used wire and more fiberglass to create her blond 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.