Truth is Beauty-The Bliss Project - FA

The much anticipated follow-up to Bliss Dance, a Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Campaign
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Marco Cochrane
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The Bliss Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Bliss Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Bliss Dance, Truth is Beauty and The Bliss Project

Bliss Dance on Treasure Island

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UPDATE:  Yay, thanks to all of you we made our Indiegogo goal early!!! We are so grateful for all of the love and support!!  It's not to late to keep it going though...Any donations above our minimum goal will be used to help compensate those who have already dedicated 100s and 1,000s of hours to help build Truth is Beauty, fund planned actions and activities on playa, as well as to starting the next and final sculpture in the Bliss Project, R-evolution, which we plan to start working on when we return from Burning Man 2013. Pendants are still available and the support and share campaign is still in effect!

gratefully yours, Marco and the Bliss Dance Crew

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Do you remember the first time you saw Bliss Dance at Burning Man in 2010, or on Treasure Island in San Francisco?  Her impact was inspiring, even to those of us who spent a year building her.  We wanted more...Did you want more?!

Well, we want to give it to you... Truth is Beauty is the second sculpture, following Bliss Dance, in a three-part series of monumental sculptures of a woman, Deja Solis, expressing her humanity.  But my crew and I really need your help to make this happen for Burning Man 2013 and beyond!

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Truth is Beauty Support & Share ContestAnnouncing the Truth is Beauty Support & Share Contest!

The prize: A pendant of your choice (Truth is Beauty or Bliss Dance). Here’s how to enter: scroll up and find your unique “share this campaign” link under the video (you must sign into your indiegogo account to get your unique link). You can use your link to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, G+, and anywhere else you can think of. Send an email to friends & family, share on your blog. The top two referrers will each get a pendant. Good luck and thanks for sharing!

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Here's What We Hope to Accomplish

I believe the world is out of balance and that we need to listen to women’s voices and understand their intent.  They do not speak up as often as men.  I believe that one of the reasons for this is the systemic violence against women that has been present throughout history.  I think it’s time to take the next step in evolution, to actively create a safe environment for women and to take responsibility for our society.

Truth is Beauty and my other sculptures are intended to demand this change in perspective. They are intended to be catalysts for social change; to de-objectify women and express the basic truth of femininity, a truth that is dangerous for individual women to express.  They are a reminder of what we gain when we value women.  My hope is to inspire men and women to take action to end violence against women, thus allowing all of us to live fully and thrive. 

Truth is Beauty

Standing 55 feet tall and weighing 7,000 pounds Truth is Beauty will be constructed using:

  • 55,000 single welds
  • 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipe
  • 6,500 steel ball connection points
  • 2,000 square feet of stainless steel mesh

One thousand five hundred (1,500) individual multi-colored LED lights will be distributed throughout her body. These lights will be controlled by a custom iPad application to create a spectacular light show that will enhance and expand the visual experience.

Like Bliss Dance before her, she will be unveiled at Burning Man and then we plan to place her out in the world (Bliss Dance debuted at Burning Man 2010 and has been installed on Treasure Island in San Francisco since 2011.) 

 

My Inspiration

1/3 Life Size Bronze Truth is BeautyThe story of Truth is Beauty and The Bliss Project began when I was 7-years old and my best friend was a 9-year old little girl.  One day I was told, in way too much detail for a little boy, that she had been raped right outside of my house.  It was incomprehensible, horrible, I never forgot, I never understood...it still haunts me.  I thought...that man couldn't have realized my friend was a person, that if he really could see her, this wouldn't have happened.

I grew up in the Bay Area in the 60's and 70's, in the philosophical revolution and turbulence of those times.  I learned to deeply appreciate feminine energy, influence and strength…and realized that the objectification of women imprisoned women and also men.  I also saw first-hand that one person, or a small group of people, can start a movement that can make a difference and change the course of history.

In my 20s I discovered sculpting, and in particular, the joy of seeing and then sculpting women; of the healing energy and power that I saw when women were not afraid...when they could be present, when they could be themselves, speak their minds...and the heroism it takes to do this in the face of real danger in their daily lives.  For more than 25 years I have been sculpting women.  At first glance, they appear to be classical figurative nudes, but they are not.  They are radically modern...revolutionary.   These women are safe, present. Look at them. They have chosen their own expression, so you will see the actual woman, the person, her energy and spirit.  It is my intent that these sculptures exude this healing energy and inspire us to take action; to finally say enough is enough.

 

How You Can Help!

Right now we are raising money so that we can complete Truth is Beauty!

She began her journey as a bronze sculpture in 2007.  Using a pantograph — a medieval-era enlargement tool — she is being built by hand using classical sculpting techniques from my life-size original, first to an 18 ft clay version and then to her final 55 ft steel form. In 2011, with the help of generous donors and an amazing crew, we brought the 30 ft torso to the Playa. This year we have been awarded a grant from Burning Man toward her completion, but the grant does not cover all of our costs. 

Now, we need funds to cover materials (steel, stainless steel mesh, nuts, bolts, screws, welding materials) waterjet parts, insurance, rent, transportation, certified welders, structural engineers, heavy equipment, lighting and the list goes on.  If we go above our goal, we will be able to support the people who have dedicated themselves to bringing this project to life.  They have already put in months of work to get her to this phase of the build!  

Please donate what you can, but also, and just as importantly, we really need you to collaborate with us on how we can take this healing out into the world.  These pieces are about taking action together.  We have already heard great ideas from the community.  One idea that comes from my friend, Aaron Schiller, is a reflection circle around the base of Truth is Beauty (in the form of two circles of chairs facing each other) where men and women will be invited to share their own true person with each other, thus “empowering each other to be stewards of the truth, the respect and the beauty that is man/women existence on this planet.”  Another idea that comes from my friend Aaryn Herridge, is to give anyone who is inspired by Truth is Beauty the opportunity to write a healing letter, a letter of hope, to be delivered to a young girl or woman affected by violence.  My letter would say "I am sorry that happened to you.  I am standing with you. I will do what I can to stop this."  What would your letter say? What is your idea? 

So please visit our website at www.blissdance.us where we are asking for and sharing your ideas as well!

 

The Bottom Line

Art can illuminate the human condition and be a catalyst to social change ...it can foment revolution and, with your help, art can help change human consciousness around violence against women and begin a healing process that will make room for women’s voices! I am asking you to stand with us!

Thank you to everyone for the incredible support I have received in the past, and to everyone who is considering supporting Truth is Beauty.  Projects like this could not happen without you!

Marco and Bliss Dance Crew

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P.S. We appreciate our donors so much and have some great rewards to show our gratitude including Truth is Beauty swag (including pendants shown to the left) and invitations to special events! See full descriptions to the right.

 

For more information, please watch the video and go to www.blissdance.us.

You can follow Truth is Beauty and The Bliss Project on Facebook.

 

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    Beautiful Full-Color Patch

    A colorful Truth is Beauty patch commemorating your contribution, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

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    Replica Pendant

    A beautiful replica of Truth is Beauty or Bliss Dance in the form of a pendant commemorating your contribution, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $100 is tax-deductible)

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    Playa Event & Pendant

    A special event with the artist for you and a guest at the feet of Truth is Beauty at Burning Man 2013, a Bliss Dance or Truth is Beauty pendant, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $150 is tax-deductible)

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Climb on Playa & Pendant

    A special event for you and a guest including a climb inside Truth is Beauty with Marco Cochrane at Burning Man 2013, a beautiful replica of Truth is Beauty or Bliss Dance in the form of a pendant commemorating your contribution, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $150 is tax-deductible)

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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    Truth is Beauty Weld & Pendant

    Come help us attach the mesh or weld a piece of the sculpture at our studio on Treasure Island, San Francisco! Don’t know how to weld? No problem! We’ll teach you. You will also receive the climb inside playa event and a Truth is Beauty or Bliss Dance pendant, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $150 is tax-deductible)

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Crew Day & Pendant

    A full day at Bliss Dance Studio on Treasure Island as a crew member!! Your day will include attaching the mesh or welding on the sculpture, tour, lunch with Marco Cochrane (the artist) and crew. Don’t know how to weld? No problem! We’ll teach you. You will also receive the climb inside playa event and Truth is Beauty or Bliss Dance pendant, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $175 is tax-deductible)

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    2 ft Lifesize Bronze & Pendant

    A 1/3 life-size bronze Truth is Beauty (limited edition), and a beautiful replica of Truth is Beauty or Bliss Dance in the form of a pendant commemorating your contribution, and our appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for being a part of the community that is bringing Truth is Beauty to life! (amount over $6,150 is tax-deductible)

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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