'Raygun Gothic Rocketship' by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, Alan Rorie and their talented crew
Following the Rocketship’s first exhibition at 2009’s Burning Man arts festival in Nevada, festival participants immediately requested that BRAF facilitate the exposure of this popular work to the rest of the world. BRAF and Burning Man supporters and local community members enthusiastically agreed that the Black Rock Arts Foundation was the appropriate and most capable organization to share this exciting, provocative work with the larger community.
Towering at 40 feet tall and weighing 13,000 lbs, this aluminum and steel feat of engineering evokes the pop culture imagery of 1930’s and 40’s science fiction. While clearly a poignant commentary on yesterday’s idea of tomorrow, the Rocketship’s sheer artistry enchants and delights, and suspends disbelief. By day, its teardrop shaped, shining fuselage and fins brilliantly capture the sunlight, by night its portholes wink and flicker with colored lights.
Photo by David Yu