This weekend I was walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco and saw for the first time, the large spaceship sculpture that was installed last year.
I had heard it was being installed last August, but had no idea it was SO cool in person.
“The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is a rococo retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular between yesterday’s tomorrow and the future that never was,” the group wrote on the project’s website. “A critical kitsch somewhere between The Moons of Mongo & Manga Nouveau.” The ship is 40 feet tall and weighs 8 tons and looks like something straight out of the old Flash Gordon movies.
Sean Orlando, one of three lead artists who worked on the sculpture, said the piece was inspired by 1930s and ’40s science fiction.
“We modeled the spaceship as if it was built in 1944,” Orlando said. “Back then, the human race was optimistic about traveling in space and living in space. We wanted to try to capture that.”
Capture that they did. The piece is amazing. Pictures certainly don’t do it justice. If you are planning on being in the Bay Area before the end of the year, you should make a point to stop by and check it out. It is scheduled to be removed before Thanksgiving 2011.
The rocket was built by a group of artists known as [Five Ton Crane.]
Prior to landing on the Embarcadero, the ship called the Maker Faire home port.