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Monday, August 25, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Three: The Story Behind Treasure Island's Dancing Lady Statue

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 7:55 AM

click to enlarge JESSICA NEMIRE
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While some of us cheer that the burners are gone, others feel left out by not making it to the playa. Either way, throughout the duration of Burning Man we'll be sharing events and places in S.F. that would normally be overrun with burners that you should check out sans BM crowds. 

Whether you've been at Treasure Island recently for their monthly flea market or will be in October for the annual Treasure Island Music Festival, it's hard to miss the “Bliss Dance” statue

More commonly referred to as the “dancing lady statue,” the 40-foot statue debuted at Burning Man in 2010 and has resided on the island since 2011 as a constant reminder of Burning Man culture on the island.


The statue was the first installation in The Bliss Project, a set of three statues by Italian-born artist Marco Cochrane depicting the same woman, Bay Area-based singer and dancer Deja Solis. Each statue stands at least 40 feet tall and is comprised of stainless steel mesh and LED lights.

“The piece is about the ultimate expression of humanity," said Cochrane of "Bliss Dance" in an interview with Matador Network. "A woman who is genuinely happy in her own space, when everything is okay, they’ll dance.”

The “Bliss Dance” statue is covered in 1,000 LED lights of various colors. The lights are turned on every night at 8:30 p.m. and go off at 1 a.m. There’s an app by the same name (“Bliss Dance”) which statue viewers can download for $1.99 and then use to alter the statue’s lighting patterns, but use caution when purchasing—the only two reviews on the app's website say it doesn't work. Cool idea though, right?

According to the Black Rock Arts Foundation's website, "Bliss Dance" will be stationed on Treasure Island "until further notice." As the statue was weatherproofed a year ago, it looks like this gigantic dancing lady will be around for a while. Check her out during a flea market, while wine tasting, or if you just happen to be hanging out at Treasure Island. Either way, make sure you stay until 8:30 for the light show.






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