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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tourism For Locals: Dance Into the New Year and Visit the Treasure Island Dancing Lady Statue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 1:46 PM

'Blissful' dancing during the San Francisco sunset. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • 'Blissful' dancing during the San Francisco sunset.

We slid into the new year, and now we're going to dance — this week's Tourism for Locals brings you to Marco Cochrane's "Bliss Dance."

More commonly referred to as the “dancing lady statue,” the 40-foot statue debuted at Burning Man in 2010 and moved to Treasure Island in 2011. There it remains as a reminder of not just of Burning Man's culture and origin, but serves as a reminder of the jaunty vibe of San Franciscans.

The work, which was the first public art installation on the island since it was built in to host the 1939-40 World's Fair, depicts Bay Area-based singer and dancer Deja Solis. The statue stands at more than 40-feet tall and is comprised of stainless steel mesh and LED lights.

Originally designed as a temporary installation, the City has declared that Cochrane's piece shall remain on the island until further notice, which almost came sooner rather than later.

It began to deteriorate, rapidly, in 2013 due to excessive rusting from the surrounding maritime climate. A successful Kickstarter campaign was organized to guarantee that San Francisco's great lady be weatherproofed — a reason to dance for joy.

So whether your are feeling nimble on your feet or need a little pep in your step, now you have another reason to visit Treasure Island than just the annual music festival and the monthly flea market. 
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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


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