Truth is Beauty: The Bliss Project Fundraiser

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Truth is Beauty: The Bliss Project Fundraiser

Post by bigred » Wed May 15, 2013 10:29 am

Please watch the video of Marco explaining why he sculpts women and consider donating to bring this breath-taking sculpture to the playa:
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. Truth is Beauty and Marco's other sculptures are intended to demand a 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. Our 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.

Standing 55 feet tall and weighing 7,000 pounds Truth is Beauty will be constructed using:
• 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipe;
• 6,500 steel ball connection points;
• 2000 square feet of stainless steel mesh; and
• 55,000 single welds.

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.)
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.

Every little bit helps, is tax-deductible, and can get you some great swag!


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