For over a year San Leandro has been anticipating the day, when this bigger-than-life 55-foot sculpture of a woman moves to her new home. Truth is Beauty will be arriving in Downtown San Leandro on Sat., Oct. 1 at 1pm at

Truth Is Beauty Stretching - Photo/Eleanor Preger

Truth Is Beauty Stretching – Photo/Eleanor Preger

the Plaza Bus Stop, 1233 E. 14th St.

She will be transported on a flatbed truck through town to her resting spot at the Westlake Urban Tech Campus next to the BART station. Weighing in at 13,000 lbs, this awe-inspiring stainless steel sculpture will light up the night sky with 2,500 LED lights.

Welcome ceremony attendees will be able to get up close and personal with Truth Is Beauty as she makes her way down E. 14th. The truck will pull into the recessed bus stop area on southbound E 14th street between Davis St. and Estudillo Ave. around 1 – 1:15pm.  The truck will be out of the street in the bus stop area for approximately 30 min., while the community can celebrate her arrival in the city of San Leandro.

Out on the sidewalk, officials will say a few words and sculptor Marco

Sculptor Marco Cochrane - Photo/ Jay R. Houghton

Sculptor Marco Cochrane – Photo/ Jay R. Houghton

Cochrane, Truth is Beauty’s creator, will talk to us about how this piece expresses the unleashed power women have in a world where they feel safe. Truth is Beauty is one of three pieces in Cochrane’s Bliss Project, all telling the story of bringing women’s energy in balance with men’s through respect, appreciation and protection. Truth is Beauty debuted at Burning Man 2013 on the playa, lighting up the desert sky to share her energy.

Marco Cochrane’s website describes the Bliss Project’s intentions:

“I believe the world is out of balance and that we need to listen to women’s voices and understand their intent.  They do not speak up as often as men.  I believe that one of the reasons for this is the systemic violence against women that has been present throughout history.  I think it’s time to take the next step in evolution, to actively create a safe environment for