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Raygun Gothic Rocketship

31 July 2012

Raygun Gothic Rocketship

37º 47′ 35″ N / 122º 23′ 31″ W

When in San Francisco, just this last June, my Mum-in-law and I saw this sculpture on The Embarcadero, next to the Ferry Building — my first impression was, “Cool! A Buck Rogers rocketship!”

As things turn out is an art installation entitled, Raygun Gothic Rocketship and is a creation of the Five Ton Crane Arts Group with sponsorship from the Black Rock Arts Foundation. It is 40 feet (~12m) tall and has a story to it with crews quarters, engines and more. The piece is a hoot, just pure fun and imagination, and a great place to hang out watching the shipping slip by between the Ferry Building and Treasure Island.

The location is where Mission Street and The Embarcadero (Lincoln Hwy) intersect at the SW corner of the Ferry Building.


Raygun Gothic Rocketship by Five Ton Crane Arts Group in San Francisco CA — photo by Joseph May

View of the “Uira engine exhaust nozzle” and three legs of the “ship” — photo by Joseph May

Crew entry and a flange which perhaps has something to do with the sci-fi Uria engines — photo by Joseph May


My sincere thanks to Sean Orlando, of the Five Ton Crane Arts Group, for correcting a mistake I made in the original text (see Sean’s comment, below). Thanks to the help the text is now correct 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 31 July 2012 17:07

    Correction: The Raygun Gothic Rocketship was created by the Five Ton Crane Arts Group ( The installation at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero was sponsored by the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      31 July 2012 17:14

      Thanks for the help. Indeed, you are right and I’ll amend the post. Thanks again 🙂 Joe

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