The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is one of my favorite public art displays here in San Francisco. Located near Pier 14 on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco it sits right on the waterfront and with in view of the historic San Francisco Ferry Building. Every chance I get I like to stop and admire this 40 foot rocket built by Black Rock Arts. If you’re visiting San Francisco or live here be sure to get the most of seeing the Gotchic Raygun Rocketship as it is only on display through September 2011.
The 40-foot-tall art piece, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers rococo-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces. The installation first landed at Burning Man 2009, and has subsequently appeared at NASA Ames for Yuri’s Night, and at Maker Faire. The piece is comprised of a single rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination. When installed in San Francisco, the sculpture will be accompanied by a descriptive exhibit, a “rocket stop”, which tells the story of the rocketship, provides route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.