Archive for the ‘The Interesting & The Curious’ Category

The Raygun Gothic Rocketship “Rocket Stop” by Almost Scientific

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

The Rocket Stop (2010) from Almost Scientific on Vimeo.

Hyperbolic RGR

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Hyperbolic projection of a spherical panorama

photo by Steven DosRemedios

Raygun Gothic Rocketship @ Pier 14, San Francisco

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Painting by artist Alan Street

Raygun Gothic Rocketship Inspirations

Monday, August 30th, 2010

We create these large-scale immersion based installations in part because we hope, in some small way, to inspire people to create, dream and invent… to help generate a little spark of the imagination and to grease the wheels of ingenuity. The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is a symbol of a future that never happened, and idea that we had hoped would resonate with both the young and old.

On August 20th, we received the following request for any plans or sketches of the rocketship that we would be willing to share.

I am thinking of trying to build a small wooden (six foot tall) version with
my 11 year old to teach him about construction.
Are there any plans or dimensional specs that could give us a start on
planning.  We could scale accordingly.

Phil Battat

We were intrigued… so we sent Phil and his son the following plans:

Well… Phil and his son Andrew have been busy and it is now my turn to be impressed and inspired.

We received an email from Phil today with a photo of their little RGR inspired “project”. This father and son team studied our blueprints and re-created our 40′ tall steel and aluminum retro- futuristic  rocketship… out of wood… in only ten days!

Nice work Phil and Andrew! Cool lookin rocketship ya got there…

Thank you… I am truly humbled…

-Sean Orlando

Great little video montage by “The Other Martin Taylor”

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Th Raygun Gothic Rocketship installation at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

CBS Channel 5 News Report of Rocketship Landing

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Check out a nice report on Channel 5, from yesterday’s unveiling and opening!

You can see it here.

Just wait for the 15 second commercial to finish.

Join the RGR and 5TC Crew for a very special “Landing” party- Friday, August 6 @ 3:00 pm on Pier 14 in SF

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

San Francisco, August 6, 2010 – The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco will celebrate the opening on August 6th at 3:00 PM at Pier 14, of an iconic, large-scale sculpture created by a team of Bay Area artists lead by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman. This 40-foot-tall artwork, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers a retro-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 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 San Francisco’s Embarcadero for a 14-month temporary exhibition. The sculpture will be accompanied by a companion piece, the Rocket Stop designed by Alan Rorie, which tells the story of the Rocketship’s exploits, providing route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.

According to Port of SF Executive Director, Monique Moyers, “We at the Port are charged with creating opportunities for residents and visitors alike to connect with San Francisco’s spectacular waterfront. As 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.”

More than 70 artists and makers participated in the creation of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship under the auspices of Five Ton Crane, a collective of Bay Area artists and inventors ( Lead artist Sean Orlando observed, “It’s remarkable what creative heights people can reach when they work together. The whole idea behind Five Ton Crane is that artists working in concert can accomplish so much more than any one person could working alone. The Raygun Gothic Rocketship project is a perfect example of that idea in action.”

Limited Edition Raygun Gothic Rocketship Papercraft Models For Sale

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Limited edition papercraft models of The Raygun Gothic Rocketship are for sale on Makers Market.

We’re not going to say exactly how we got these…

But we will say there are several Tublians on Neblous-9 who risked allot to get these to us. I hope none of them lost any gills getting them to us.

Here are Top Secret Rocket Corps documents (Dogstar clearance and higher!) that have full specifications and Materliser specs for The Raygun Gothic Rocketship.

Normally these could produce a perfect, working, Raygun Gothic Rocketship by printing on Piperiarian Dimensional Flux Sheet, assembling it with nanobots and placing it in a 7-axis Materliser.

However, because such technology is banned on Earth (don’t complain to us, send a beammail to your Universe Senator), we’ve printed them on on 100lb glossy paper.

You can use a sharp knife and some adhesive to make yourself a scale, paper model of The Raygun Gothic Rocketship.

For $12.50 you get a full papercraft model printed on 100lb. glossy paper that we mail to you.

Join the Rocket Corps today!

Created by Almost Scientific

Wooden prototype model of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Created by Almost Scientific

RGR Post apocalyptic perspective

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I can’t remember which planet this was, but we didn’t stay long…

photo by Steven Fritz