Truth Is Beauty Arrives in San Leandro – Feet First!

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Aug 4th, 2016
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Beginning Tuesday August 2nd, Bay Area BART commuters will notice something you don’t see every day: construction workers installing two, highly detailed, 20-foot tall, giant, steel and mesh female feet and calves. The installation is the first phase of a massive, new public art piece taking shape near the Downtown San Leandro BART station, on the west side of the Downtown San Leandro BART station. The base has been installed at the San Leandro Tech Campus (SLTC) and will remain in place until early October when the monumental sculpture’s installation is complete.

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Truth Is Beauty’s feet slowly lowered into place.

The installation of Truth is Beauty is an important symbol in the transformation of the City of San Leandro, a community that is becoming a center of technology, innovation, and human potential. In acquiring the sculpture, Westlake Urban is hoping to promote and encourage much-needed conversations about of the safety of women and to create a beautiful and safe public space where women and men alike are encouraged to realize their full potential.

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The feet and calves of Truth Is Beauty poised to tiptoe on the grassy knoll that will be built beneath her feet. This part of the sculpture measures 20 feet.

About Truth is Beauty: Truth is Beauty is the second of three sculptures in a trilogy by Marco Cochrane, an American artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Standing 55 feet tall and weighing 13,000 pounds, TIB is constructed of 20,000 feet of steel rods, covered with 2,000 square feet of stainless steel mesh, and will be illuminated with 2,500 multicolored LED lights that can be displayed with infinite color variety. Growing up, Cochrane observed the struggle faced by the women in his life and began to see the power of feminine energy as critical to the world’s balance. As his artistic expression has evolved over the years, he has realized his life’s mission: to create art to empower women. Learn more at www.sl-tc.com/truth-is-beauty/.

About the San Leandro Tech Campus: The San Leandro Tech Campus is a 750,000 square-foot, technology focused office development now under construction in downtown San Leandro. The Tech Campus will occupy a 7.3-acre site adjacent to the downtown San Leandro BART station. Construction began on Phase I of the Tech Campus in February 2015 and is scheduled to conclude in October of 2016. OSIsoftone of the East Bay’s largest private technology companiesexecuted a 10-year lease for the entire 132,000 square-foot Phase 1 building. The Tech Campus is owned by SLTC, LLC, a joint venture between Westlake Urban and RSPK, LLC.

The following video, courtesy of Sunny Tong at Westlake Urban, chronicles the journey of TIB’s feet and calves from Marco Cochrane’s Treasure Island studio to the Tech Campus on August 1st.  Enjoy the closeups of the sculpture’s beautifully intricate architecture and her journey!

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