Meeting at the Raygun Gothic Rocketship

SF Photoblog post by Scott Hess


I’m walking along the waterfront and the energy is powerful, fresh and uplifting.  The images and happenings flowing by me now feel like the whole world is lifting off in joyous flight. The Raygun Gothic Rocketship from the 2009 Burning Man festival has landed in a prime spot near Pier 14 – and looks ready for a new adventures.   Just as I take in the scene a beautiful, romantic couple ride up to me and ask me to take a picture of them on their bicycle in this expansive setting. They circle a couple of times and photos are made. It’s a lovely moment. Ben and Katya have been sailing for several days and Katya tells me that Ben is leaving town the next day. I can feel the love and happiness in this shared space. Its not just ordinary happiness, but a strong magic born of clear intentions and open hearts.


at the Tidal Plaza near Pier 14 at the foot of Mission Street


Regarding the Rocket: Thanks to the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission for bringing the art of Burning Man back to the City where Burning Man was born. I first saw this piece perform in all it’s explosive glory in the vast space of the Black Rock Desert last year around this time, and am happy to see it again so close to home. The interior, (when accessible), and periodic performance and conceptual aspects, are all part of the experience. The creators of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship say this about their project: “The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is a roccoco retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular between yesterday’s tomorrow and the future that never was, a critical kitsch somewhere between The Moons of Mongo and Manga Nouveau”-  perfect for the energy of the day.

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at Burning Man 2009, Black Rock City, Nevada

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