Raygun Gothic Rocketship (Gone)
San Francisco, California
This public art piece is so evocative of an old science fiction movie, you half expect a crew clad in natty jumpsuits to disembark and explore the San Francisco bayfront. The rocket first landed at Burning Man in 2009 and has also made appearances at Maker Faire and NASA Ames for Yuri's Night. It was created by artists Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, and David Shulman, along with Five Ton Crane (5TC), a group of artists and inventors from the San Francisco Bay Area.
And its voyage doesn't end here, if the flight plan to move on in September 2011 is still a go (It wasn't -- it was still there in 2012). [Update: After several extensions, the Gothic Rocketship was slated for removal in Marc h2013, shortly after the Bay Bridge art installation went live. Next locale TBD]