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On the eve of Burning Man “Rites of Passage,” sculptor Marco Cochrane shares a peek at his new piece, “Truth is Beauty.”

“I WORK FROM A TRUST in the universe that whatever is happening right then is the right thing,” says Marco Cochrane, in an interview at his studio on Treasure Island, San Francisco. We were there to shoot a behind-the-scenes look at the artist behind “Bliss Dance” – one of the most celebrated pieces at Burning Man 2010.

Marco Cochrane

“The piece is about the ultimate expression of humanity. A woman who is genuinely happy in her own space, when everything is okay, they’ll dance.”

The same model provided the inspiration behind this year’s piece from Marco, another large female sculpture to be unveiled on the Black Rock playa. It’s titled “Truth is Beauty,” and Marco offers a fitting commentary on how it fits with this year’s Burning Man theme: Rites of Passage.

“Self-acceptance is a rite of passage,” he says. “When you accept something that you’ve had trouble with about your own self, and realize that it just is there, it is realizing the truth. And truth is beautiful.”

Special thanks to the production team The Werehaus. Music by Adham Shaikh. Evolution time-lapse footage by Ben Wiggins.

About The Author

Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He is Head of Video at Matador Network. Ian is also an independent filmmaker, with his first feature (One Week Job) released in 2010. His more recent projects include Sacred Economics and Occupy Love.

  • david miller

    really enjoyed this. sick filming, and just sweet to see marco cochrane’s art / hear his POV. the message about giving more and living in the moment, giving it all away. bigup.

  • Diesel

    Marco it is so amazing to see your projects manifested, esp. after meeting you my first burn 2009.  I love a man that follows through with his vision and you did just that as I recall you speaking of your dreams to make come true. So blessed is everyone for the art shared and those patrons that support us artist as well.  I’m so proud of you…. and TRUTH IS BEAUTY is my new mantra to live by more than ever.  Thank you so very much …. Bliss is the Belle of the Ball and Truth is Beauty can only be my prayer and wish for all those I love.

  • Stephanie

    I danced so many nights around your 2010 piece and will always remember the feeling and beauty is gave to me… When it lit up at night it was as I was in a dream

  • Rajasthan Tours

    its really amazing great jobs . beautiful video

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