Truth & Beauty captures a moment of radical self-acceptance, the essence of a woman when she is safe to express herself fully.
Truth & Beauty will be an unabashedly breathtaking modern sculpture in structure and balance. Standing on her tiptoes, arms outstretched and head thrown back, Truth & Beauty expresses a moment of radical self-acceptance and love, the essence of a woman when she is safe and welcome to express herself fully. Conveying this notion has been the focus of my work as a sculptor for the past 25 years. My name is Marco Cochrane, and I am fully committed to breaking the pattern in which men (and women alike) often appear blind to the true, magnificent nature of women. My models and I collaborate to capture a moment in which they are truly expressing themselves.
Standing 55 feet tall and weighing 7,000 pounds, Truth & Beauty will be constructed using:
• 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipe;
• 6,500 steel ball connection points;
• 1,500 square feet of stainless steel mesh; and
• 55,000 single welds.
One thousand individual multi-colored LED lights will be distributed throughout her body. These lights will be controlled by a custom iPad application to create a spectacular light show that will enhance and expand the visual experience. Please follow our build on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/truthandbeautysculpture
We Need Your Help! Truth & Beauty needs a large community of support to help us fund her. Through Kickstarter we can achieve our goals of:
1. Expressing appreciation and respect for feminine energy and power that results when women feel free and safe.
2. Creating a magnificent sculpture, as strong as the steel from which she is constructed, yet appearing human, alive and beautiful.
3. Generating an environment where people can participate in a community, supporting and creating art together.
Your generous donation will help us purchase the steel, mesh, lighting, consumables, as well as renting the equipment needed for her first assembly and transportation. If we go above our goal, we will be able to support the people that have dedicated themselves to bringing this project to life. They have already put in months of work to get her to this phase of the build!
We appreciate our donors so much and have some great rewards to show our gratitude including Truth & Beauty shwag and invitations to special events! See full descriptions to the right.
More About the Artist and Project
Until recently, I created a woman’s natural, expressive pose in clay and then cast that form in bronzes of varying size. Many of those sculptures are featured on my website: www.marcocochrane.com. Take a look! In 2010, I created something radically new and different. With generous donations from friends and the help of a volunteer crew, I used all of my life experience to create Bliss Dance, the first in a series of extraordinarily large sculptures combining classical techniques with cutting edge design that have a profound effect on how people experience art, others, and themselves. Bliss Dance, a 40-foot-tall sculpture of model Deja Solis, dancing with her eyes closed, debuted at Burning Man 2010 and is now headed out on tour. To see her photos, check out: www.blissdance.us. Now what? My crew and I have begun large-scale construction on the next sculpture in the series – Truth & Beauty. Using a pantograph — a medieval-era enlargement tool — the sculpture will be built by hand using classical sculpting techniques from my life-size original, first to an 18’ clay version, which I have completed, and then to her final 55’ steel form. Thank you to everyone for the incredible support I have received in the past, and to everyone who is considering supporting Truth & Beauty. Please follow our build on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/truthandbeautysculpture
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pledged of $100,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 2, 2011.
Mar 24, 2011 - May 2, 2011
Pledge $1 or more
You receive Our Sincere Gratitude and Appreciation! Every dollar counts, SERIOUSLY! We appreciate everyone that supports us at all levels. We will happily update you with emails and photos of our progress towards building this amazing sculpture.
Pledge $20 or more
You receive an invitation to our special donors event with the Artist and crew!! PLUS a sticker of the official Truth & Beauty logo, email updates, and of course, our most sincere gratitude for being a part of this special project!
Pledge $50 or more
Come weld a piece of the T&B sculpture at our studio on Treasure Island, San Francisco! Don’t know how to weld? No problem! We’ll teach you. You will also receive a special T&B logo patch memorializing the experience. PLUS the rewards and event from the previous level!
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Invitation for you and a guest to attend the assembly of Truth & Beauty on Treasure Island!!! You will also receive a T&B t-shirt or tank top. PLUS the rewards and event from previous levels!
Pledge $150 or more
Truth & Beauty pendant designed exclusively for our generous donors. PLUS the rewards and events from previous levels!
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Truth & Beauty sweatshirt!! PLUS the rewards and events from previous levels!
Pledge $500 or more
3 backers Limited (22 of 25 left)
Truth & Beauty sweatshirt signed by Marco Cochrane (the artist). PLUS the rewards and events from previous levels!
Pledge $1,000 or more
4 backers Limited (11 of 15 left)
A full day at Bliss Dance Studio on Treasure Island as a crew member!! Your day will include welding on the sculpture, tour, lunch with Marco Cochrane (the artist), Deja Solis (the model), and crew, and more! PLUS the rewards and events from previous levels!
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (12 of 12 left)
Have your name or a loved one’s name permanently engraved on the Truth & Beauty Sculpture!! Engraving will be visible on the solid steel support rod in the feet/ankles. We will also send you a picture of your engraving. PLUS the rewards and events from previous levels!
Pledge $10,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Own a 2ft bronze limited edition Truth & Beauty Sculpture! PLUS the rewards and events from previous levels!