Remember when you first saw Bliss Dance on the Playa? Or on Treasure Island in San Francisco? Or have you heard about her and are still meaning to get out there to see her someday? Either way, in a world where it seems like nothing is new and there isn’t much that is surprising and inspiring, she was just that for so many of us, even those of us who helped build her. Well now she needs our help!
The good news is that we have reached an agreement with the Treasure Island Development Authority (which approved the installation) and the Black Rock Arts Foundation (who provided the funding for installation in the first place) to extend Bliss’ placement for another year to November 2013. But, there are still two things in the way… rust and a lighting system that needs replacement! Bliss Dance, standing 40 feet tall, is constructed out of steel rods and balls and covered by stainless steel mesh. As you can see from the video, the steel interior structure is rusting, and the elements have damaged her lighting system! We can’t let this happen! She needs tender loving care and a whole ‘lotta treatment.
Luckily, we have found a way to accomplish this without having to take her down. We plan to coat Bliss in a rust-stopping product that is environmentally friendly – it is water-based, non-toxic and emits no harmful fumes. We will also replace her electrial system. Most of the work can be done from the inside, in-place. Only the arms will need to be removed for a few days.
Now, we just need to come up with the funds to cover the costs!
Bliss is constructed of small pieces, welded together, and in these connections she is far stronger than any of her pieces individually. Wouldn’t it be great if we could join together as a community, contribute in small pieces, whatever we can afford, and make ourselves stronger in our connections too?
If Bliss moved you, please give, even just a little so that she can continue to do so for all of us.
Marco and the Bliss Dance Crew
p.s. for more images of Bliss Dance go to www.blissdance.us or just google her! ; )
PPS. Any funds raised above our goal will be used to help feed the hungry volunteers who will be helping us with this work, paying our monthly permit fees of $210 or maybe even better lighting, all depending on how much we receive!
Risks and challenges
This project has already been given the green-light by the Treasure Island Development Authority (the product and process has been approved). The only real challenge is scheduling and the weather!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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