Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship, by Sean Orlando at the San Francisco Embarcadero.

Towering at 40 feet tall and weighing 13,000 lbs, this aluminum and steel feat of engineering evokes the pop culture imagery of 1930‰Ûªs and 40‰Ûªs science fiction. While clearly a poignant commentary on yesterday‰Ûªs idea of tomorrow, the Rocketship‰Ûªs 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.

The installation first landed at Burning Man 2009, and has subsequently appeared at NASA Ames for Yuri‰Ûªs Night, and at Maker Faire. The piece is comprised of a single rocketship, poised as if to board passengers for a typical run to a nearby stellar destination. In San Francisco, the sculpture is accompanied by a descriptive exhibit, in the form of a ‰ÛÏRocket Stop‰Û, which tells the story of the rocketship, provides route, schedule and other information. The installation is illuminated for nighttime viewing.

About the author: Jane Lyons

Jane Lyons (a.k.a Lioness) believes it takes a special kind of crazy to drive the foundation years of a Regional Burn, and she classes herself among those crazy dreamers and (over)doers who are sweating it out around the Regional Burn globe. After her first Nevada Burn in 2009, Jane spent five years knee-deep in the development of Australia's Burning Seed and its community. She built and managed Seed's Communications Team for many years, helped kickstart Melbourne Decompression and ran a range of other local events. But her Burner communities and collaborations stretch beyond the confines of her country. She helped build Temple of Transition in 2011; has worked on other big art projects on and off playa (including the Temple for Christchurch); and has run theme camps and built art at Nowhere, Kiwiburn, Burning Seed and Italian Burning Weekend. She now spends her time supporting Burning Man's Communications Team.

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