Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings asked Bay Area architects, city planners, and transportation engineers, “What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about budgets, bureaucracy, politics, or physics?” Ideas from these conversations were then merged, developed, and perhaps mildly exaggerated by the artists to create a series of 6 posters for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program. Supported by the Eyebeam OpenLab.
In 2001, the U.S. Attorney of New Jersey gave our John Ashcroft snow globe to the Attorney General as a gift. David Israelite, Ashcroft's assistant told the New Yorker that it's in an undisclosed place.
When Israelite was informed of our sentiments, he was surprised. "It's too bad they feel that way," he said. "We're still looking for an artist to do Ashcroft's official portrait."
So—with that, we had to answer the challenge. We realized that the only way to portray him was in a mug shot, with frontal and side views. Well, the project grew to include other officials from the Bush administration. All in all, there are seven black and white portraits bearing the date and location when each betrayed the public's trust.