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‘Bliss’ sculpture, a Burning Man icon, returns to Treasure Island birthplace

SF Public Press
 — Jun 8 2011 - 12:27pm

Marco Cochrane began production of his sculpture, Bliss Dance, on Treasure Island, starting with a foot-tall prototype.

The 40-foot-tall structure took over a year to complete and was unveiled for the first time at Burning Man 2010 in Black Rock City. Cochrane used two geodesic layers to build the 7,000 pound sculpture. It has returned to Treasure Island where it is now on display at least until October.

The statue could get a lot of neighbors, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on a 11-0 vote on Tuesday cleared the way for a huge housing development on the island.

Under the plan, nearly 19,000 people will eventually become residents of the island,  which will feature high-rises, shops and a school. The Board rejected transportation concerns. Backers say there will be a new ferry terminal, the freeway ramps will be improved and there would be increased bus service.

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