San Francisco, California

Bliss Dance

An enormous illuminated figure dances by the bay


Once the centerpiece for all night parties surrounded by the thumping music and pulsing crowds at Burning Man, Bliss Dance was installed on Treasure Island in May of 2011 after her triumphant return from Black Rock City.

Marco Cochrane’s 40ft tall sculpture of a woman dancing was originally created for Burning Man 2010: Metropolis, in his Treasure Island studio. Back home after her desert adventure, she now towers above the island on the Great Lawn, dwarfing the cityscape of San Francisco, book-ended by the Bay and Golden Gate bridges behind her.

Weighing in at 7,000 pounds, Bliss Dance’s elegant form is constructed of triangulated geodesic struts, skinned in a steel mesh that reflects the sunlight. By night she is illuminated from within by 1,000 LEDs controlled by an iPhone lighting application. Tapping into the Bliss Dance wifi allows the viewer to create their own visual experience.

Bring an iPhone, a favorite play list, and a group of friends to truly enjoy the spectacle Cochrane has created.

  • Hours
    You can visit Bliss Dance any time, but she is particularly spectacular at night
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  • Address
    The Great Lawn, near 9th and Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California, 94130, United States
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