Marco Cochrane was born to American artists in Venice, Italy in 1962 and raised in Northern California in the midst of the political and cultural movement of those times. As a result, Marco learned respect for oneness, balance and the imperative to make the world a better place. In particular, he identified with the female struggle with oppression and saw feminine energy and power as critical to the world’s balance. In his 20s, on a dare, he explored sculpting and discovered both his ability to capture human emotion and energy and the power of art to amplify.
Self-taught, for more than 20 years Marco sculpted in clay and cast in bronze, primarily women who chose their own poses … their own expression. Then in 2007 he attended the Burning Man Festival and was inspired to take his art and his message in a new direction, he just did not yet know how. In 2009 he returned, and it was then he realized how he could enlarge his sculptures to monumental proportions while maintaining their integrity, this magnifying their impact.
The Bliss Project is a series of three monumental sculptures on which Marco worked with singer and dance Deja Solis (as model) and 100s of volunteers. Standing 40 feet tall, Bliss Dance debuted at Burning Man 2010 and is currently installed on Treasure Island in San Francisco. The second sculpture is Truth is Beauty. At 55 feet tall, she debuted at Burning Man 2013. R-Evolution, the final sculpture in the series made her first appearance at Burning Man 2015. Each sculpture is constructed of welded steel rods and balls, covered in stainless steel mesh skin with interactive lighting effects.
The Bliss Project was made possible by a large community of support who helped to fund, create and achieve the project’s goals.