CREW/TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Bliss Project Team

Artist:  Marco Cochrane

Model: Deja Solis

Project Manager, Public Relations, Legal, Writer, Co-Manifestor: Julia Whitelaw

Structural Engineer: Selinda Martinez and Jennifer Masich Lynn

Lead Welders: Marco Cochrane, Christy Savoy, Rufus Lazrus, Joe Theirault

Volunteer Coordinator: Katy Boynton

Graphic Designer: Nicole Bloss for Burning Man related swag

Lighting on Bliss: Joe Martin (original), Ka-Ping Yee internal and Joe Martin external (Las Vegas) , Lighting on Truth is Beauty: Ka Ping Yee, Lighting on R-Evolution: Joe Martin

Breathing for R-Evolution:  Matt Davis and Ziggy Drosdowski on mechanics and Warren Tresvant on animation

Number of volunteers: approximately 100 for each sculpture.  Many if not most are first time volunteers on a monumental sculpture, some have never welded, others take on other roles/tasks.  Key volunteers/supporters in no particular order are Todd Koons, Lloyd Taylor, Kirk Hampson, Jack Manfrina, Rich Brown, Mike Heller, Stock Stockhausen, Lydia Wood, Brian Sullivan, Jared Chen, Joe Morant, Al Stahler, Kahai Sumedi Tate, Jackie Chartier, Jay Houghton,  Jenni Nelson, Jenny Carter, Pricilla Wheeler,  Sharon Berman, Barry Toranto, Laura Nunes, Marshall Smith, Tracy Zapata, Joel Millikan, Paddy Dunne, Douglas Makela, Jakob Bokulich, Chelsea Pigovat, Meredith Winner

 

Construction Method

Stage One:  Marco creates a 3/4 life-size clay sculpture, cast in plaster.

Stage Two:  Marco creates an enlargement of the original sculpture, re-sculpting to a clay sculpture 3x the original size using a Pantograph – a medieval era enlargement tool.  For example Truth is Beauty went from 6’ 1” to 18’ 3” tall.  The interior layer lines are drawn in the clay.  The sculpture is then cast in plaster in sections and the interior layer lines and triangular connecting points are highlighted on the cast pieces.

Stage Three:  Marco, assisted by the welding crew, enlarge to a metal sculpture 3x the original size using a Pantograph – For example Truth is Beauty went from 18’ 3” to 55’ tall (57’ including base).  The metal sculptures are constructed in sections -which are eventually bolted together- out of steel rod and tubing connected by steel balls utilizing two layers of geodesic triangles, covered by a skin of stainless steel mesh and lit from the inside and outside with LED lights.  Each piece of steel is hand-measured and hand-cut, each ball hand drilled.  The interior steel is coated to prevent rust.  The mesh is cut and placed by Marco. For R-evolution there are 16 individual panels moved by linear actuators.  Volunteers assist in all aspects of completing the sculpture including cutting, drilling, securing mesh, rust prevention aspects, lighting placement, lighting programming, etc.

 

Equipment/Tools Used

  • Pantograph
  • Gooseneck tool (created for holding balls in space)
  • MIG Welders
  • Magnets
  • Metal cutting station (for cutting 3/4 inch tubing)
  • Drill Press

 

Individual Sculpture Specifications

Bliss Dance

Approximately 10,000 Hours, 40 feet tall (42 including base) weighs 7,000 lbs – Construction in one year

  • 55,000 single welds
  • 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipe
  • 6,500 steel ball connection points
  • 2,000 square feet of stainless steel mesh
  • _____steel cable for hair
  • ____3000 individual LED - RGB programmable and exterior lighting
  • Powder coat
  • Base 8 foot hexagon steel plates

 

Truth is Beauty

Approximately 12,000 Hours, 55 feet tall (57 including base) weighs 9,000 lbs.  - Construction over 2 years

  • 55,000 single welds
  • 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipe
  • 6,500 steel ball connection points
  • ___balls,
  • ___holes drilled, filled with silicone to prevent rust
  • ___stainless steel screws
  • 2,000 square feet of stainless steel mesh
  • 3,000 RGB LEDs, individually programmable and exterior lighting
  • ____Steel Cable for Hair
  • 3,000 3d printed lighting covers/shades, each individually painted black and then coated in silver to control light leakage
  • Each light individually placed
  • Polyurethane paint to prevent rust
  • Base, two 6- foot steel hexagons

 

R-Evolution

12,000 hours, 45 feet tall (47 including base) weighs 12,000 lbs.  - Construction over 2 years

  • 55,000 single welds
  • 25,000 feet of steel rod and pipes
  • 6.500 steel ball connection points
  •  ____ balls,
  • ___holes drilled, filled with silicone to prevent rust
  • ___stainless steel screws
  • 2,000 square feet of stainless steel mesh
  • Plan is for projection lighting
  • Powder coated
  • Base 8 foot steel hexagon
  • linear actuator motors for breathing

Transportation

  • Two flat-bed semi-trailers