11 Aug Mayor Unveils Monumental Raygun Gothic Rocketship Sculpture
San Francisco, CAâ€”Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco to celebrate the unveiling of Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a 40-foot-tall sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. The Rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination, will remain at the Pier 14 Tidal Plaza, at the base of Mission Street, on the Embarcadero for a 14-month temporary exhibition.
The 40-foot-tall artwork offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930â€™s-1940â€™s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF to enliven and activate public spaces. The sculpture will be accompanied by a companion piece, the Rocket Stop designed by Alan Rorie, which tells the story of the Rocketshipâ€™s exploits, providing route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.
â€œWe are very proud to have the work of local artists of this caliber represented along San Franciscoâ€™s iconic waterfront,â€ said Mayor Gavin Newsom. â€œSean, Nathaniel, and Davidâ€™s Raygun Gothic Rocketship is an important piece of our Cityâ€™s strong temporary public art program that adds an important vibrancy and a vitality to our public spaces.â€
â€œWe at the Port are charged with creating opportunities for residents and visitors alike to connect with San Franciscoâ€™s spectacular waterfront,â€ said Port Executive Director Monique Moyer. â€œAs the third in a series of large-scale sculptures to be installed temporarily at Pier 14, we are confident that this compelling piece will engage people and enhance their experience of the area. Pier 14 provides a fitting and fantastic backdrop for this whimsical work of art.â€
To find out more about this project visit: www.blackrockarts.org/projects/raygun-gothic-rocket
Photograph by Steve Rhodes from flickr