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"Bliss Dance"

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 June 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

a sculpture by Marco Cochrane

Originally displayed as part of the 'Burning Man Festival' in the Nevada desert in 2010; "Bliss Dance" now graces the shoreline of Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

I was heading from San Francisco to Oakland on Thursday evening as the sun hung low above the Marin Headlands. Beautiful clouds were floating off of the Pacific and filling the sky everywhere. I decided to get off the bridge at the exit in the middle of the bay - and to look at the possibilities of some sunset captures.

I rolled onto the island and past the old security station - left from when the U.S. Navy owned the island. I proceeded along the road ahead and suddenly came upon this forty foot high sculpture. I had no idea this was here.

It is a permanent installation. What impressed me is that only her right foot is in contact with the ground. Her skin is a mesh so she's largely translucent. The detail is amazing; toenails, closed eyelids, strands of hair flying before her face as she dances. I may be falling in love...

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very beautiful sculputre. Is she one of your models? :)

4 Jun 2011 8:52am

Lara from Vienna, Austria

this ia really a beautiful work of art! you are right, she looks absolutelly natural, the movement is so beautiful! and you took an awesome photo, to reveal her in her entire beauty!

4 Jun 2011 9:01am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I just had a feeling yesterday, certainly is a massive piece of art.
"The attack of the fifty foot woman"

4 Jun 2011 11:30am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifully framed shot Stephen! A wonderful piece of art! ;-)

4 Jun 2011 11:54am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing angle - makes a sensational frame with the bridge and city skyline as backdrop. Certainly is an extraordinary sculpture - and we can only imagine how it must have looked in the Nevada desert!

4 Jun 2011 12:02pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This really IS amazing, Stephen.. I love the materials of construction as you have described, and the pose is really cool isn't it? Next time we come out I have to get David to run me over to the island...alll the thousands of years I lived in Sacramento and the millions of times we came over to the city, we never got off even to look at the "open" part of the island. This is not only a magnificent image and view that you have composed but it is truly inspirng to think about the cityscape and naturesccape images one can get at all tiimes of day and season...Marvelous scene and a fantastic perfect shot Stephen- Beautiful! And thank you so much for your really nice comments on my blog today as well ;-)

4 Jun 2011 3:46pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

what an amazing sculpture, great pov

4 Jun 2011 8:05pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice mouvement on this statue, great composition !

4 Jun 2011 8:48pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

wow! this larger version is just as dramatic...nice one Stephen!

4 Jun 2011 8:49pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is amazing! How compelling! Your brilliant angle, composition and masterful rendering have so much heightened the mood and brought her to life!!! Great find and marvelous portraiture my friend!

5 Jun 2011 3:04am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great piece of art, expertly captured. It's also a great achievement in engineering to have such a large sculpture stand without some sort of platform to anchor it. Impressive!

6 Jun 2011 1:20am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

I love public art and also enjoy photographing it. Thanks for sharing this!

6 Jun 2011 3:39am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Remarkable work . . and what a placement !

6 Jun 2011 9:12am

David from Detroit, United States

Sorry I've been away. I'm just catching up on this series, and I like it. I looked at 6/7's first, and immediately thought it looked like something from Burning Man-- but this placement is a fantastic spot to put the sculpture. I like this composition best of all of the shots, but the details are fascinating, as well. Great series!

7 Jun 2011 4:03pm