Pier 14 Landing is a Go!
The Raygun Gothic Rocketship will land at Pier 14, on the San Francisco Embarcadero, at 3 PM on Friday, August 6, 2010.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) announces plans to install the iconic, large-scale sculpture built by artists Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, and the talented crew of Five Ton Crane (FiveTonCrane.org), at Pier 14 on San Francisco’s waterfront from August 2010 until September 2011. The 40-foot-tall sculpture 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.
When installed in San Francisco, the sculpture will be accompanied by a descriptive exhibit, in the form of a “rocket stop”, which tells the story of the rocketship, provides route, schedule and other information. The installation will be illuminated for nighttime viewing.
The display is funded in part by a $15,000 grant from the Port of San Francisco. BRAF and the artists have initiated a public fundraising campaign to raise the remaining $45,000 needed for the project.
“I believe the Raygun Gothic Rocket team uniquely captured the emotion and wonderment each kid has felt with space travel at some time in their childhood. In fact, their creation stirs the child in each of us as we remember those emotions and why we feel that continued support for developing advanced technologies that push the boundaries of human knowledge and capability is essential.
I applaud the team for tapping that emotion in a unique and creative way. I believe it has the potential to make a personal and significant impact to each who encounter it.”
Director, Center Operations
NASA Johnson Space Center
Chairman of the Board, Space Center Houston
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