It was installed at Burning Man in 2010 by artist Marco Cochrane.
This photo was taken by Oliver Fluck.
Marco started working on ‘Bliss Dance’ the day after the Burn in 2009. He worked on it every single day for one year. ‘Bliss Dance’ is one of the most memorable pieces from Burning Man in 2010. It is also one of my inspirations to make a big art piece for Burning Man. However, at the time I had no idea what exactly my gift was going to be. I started my project the day after the Burn in 2011, one year after being there…and seeing Bliss Dance. My plan has always been to work on something for a full year. To live 100% inside my art and gifting process. And then see what happens with it all at the end. It has taken me on an incredible journey so far, and now I am hitting the home stretch. I am 2/3 of the way there. I am not saying that my project is big, beautiful, and graceful like ‘Bliss Dance’. But it has been made with love, vision, and much work. And it is a huge gift to the community much like this beautiful dancer. And I am very proud of it.
There is a special magic that I have come to know by working on something for as long as I have. You see, sometimes I can be very ambitious. Sometimes a little over ambitious. Many times in my life I have set out to do things and not finished. When I came up with this project I worried that it was another overly ambitious thought and I would never be able to finish. One thing I knew…..Is that it was the best idea I have ever had. And that has carried me through. It’s like it deserves to be finished. It deserves that respect. I wonder if Marco had that same thought with his sculpture. I am sure there were days that really were very hard. Funding, materials, set backs…..all probably presented huge challenges. But he made it through….and so will I. Take care.