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OMG, Forty Foot Tall Raygun Gothic Rocketship to be Unveiled Friday Afternoon at Pier 14!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

From LiveSOMA comes the news that the Black Rock Arts Foundation is counting down to the Opening Reception / “Landing Party” for the 8-ton  Raygun Gothic Rocketship installation at Pier 14 (at the foot of Mission Street) on Friday, August 6th, 2010 starting at 3:00 PM.

This is a fine replacement for the Bourgeois Spider (aka Bougie Spider aka Crouching Spider) from Louise Bourgeois, R.I.P.  

Photo: Tomas McCabe

Isn’t it awesome? OMG, it opens up!* Check out the insides via an awesome video from

But, as you know, getting anything done in the 415 ain’t cheap – San Francisco has a well-earned reputation of being America’s most expensive city in which to conduct business, west of Chicago anyway. So why not see what you can do to help?

Check it:

“The Black Rock Arts Foundation is proud to collaborate with artists Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, and their talented crew ( on the installation of the iconic, large-scale sculpture, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 on San Francisco’s waterfront from August 2010 until September 2011. The 40-foot-tall art piece, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, 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.

Is this the very same craft that you saw on The Playa last year? Hells yes, playa! (Leave us note NK Guy’s excellent photos of RGR from last year’s Burning Man.)

A nice poster non?

In closing, Raygun Gothic Rocketship! Raygun Gothic Rocketship! Raygun Gothic Rocketship!

(If we can manage to keep the vandals, the taggers (both corporate and non), away from this thing, we’ll be in good shape.)

“Dear Friend:

You are invited to join us in celebration of the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s latest Civic Arts Program project, the installation of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 in San Francisco, California. Come hear more about this ambitious undertaking from the crew that made it happen. Enjoy entertainment, dj’s, light refreshments and surprises from the Rocketship crew! The Rocketship will remain on view, free to the public, until October 7, 2011!”

*Sadly, the ship’s hatch won’t be open to the public for various reasons, like the ADA and the chance of falls from 15 feet up etc…

A great shot from Nick Winterhalter:

Snowflakes! Once Again, Christmas Comes Early to San Francisco’s Market Street

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Remember the past summer, when we had lighted Christmas holiday snowflake decorations on Market Street burning the midnight oil for weeks on end? Well, they’re back on, baby, or at least four of them anyway, confusing tourists once again. Thusly:

“Why do they have Christmas lights on in October?”

Good question. They’re still testing these thing? Well that’s a lot of testing:

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And you know what, they’ve installed ’em exactly the way I would have and I’m not even an electrician or nothing. You know, extension cords and plastic handcuffs to tie everything down. Let’s hope these things handle the wind and rain better than our Bay Bridge:

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But couldn’t our decorations be more overtly Christian? You know, like the giant Christmas Tree of Civic Center, the one with the Star of Bethleham on top, the way we had it in 2007…


…and 2008?


The World Wonders.

San Francisco is So Rich, We Fire Up Christmas Snowflake Lights in the Summertime

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Check out this wintry scene on San Francisco’s Market Street the way it looked last night. But hey, aren’t we still in the Season of Summer?

Yes, but don’t pay no nevermind to that:

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Perhaps we could turns these lights off until the Winter Holiday Which Shant Be Named (you know, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, one of those) rolls around in a season or two? That way, we could save enough juice to power one of Al Gore’s houses for a week or two.

Get all the deets from the fiercely smart Leah Garchik, and here’s a close-up from the talented (and gorgeous) Ingrid Taylar.

Oh well.

Better to light a snowflake than to curse the darkness.  ~Chinese Proverb

When in San Francisco, Don’t Use Lombard Street to get to Lombard Street

Monday, September 14th, 2009

See all these people heading up the 1200 block of San Francisco’s Lombard Street? They’re on their way to the Crookedest Street in the World, just a short drive away. But, en realidad, these people will have a long wait to get up this hill. Why? Because they have to take their turn. And that causes problems:

I live one  block from Lombard and Polk and every Sat and Sun Lombard is full of tourists who burn up their clutches trying to get up Lombard street….”

This is gridlock. Perhaps it will take a half hour to get to the curvy part?

Here’s the block of Clutch Sorrow:

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Now, if you’re on this street trying to get to the good part of Lombard, you should just jink on over to Filbert via Polk and then get to Hyde. Then you go north on Hyde and hang a righty to go down the famous block.

That way, you avoid this situation:

Driving up Lombard Street in San Francisco takes patience and a quick foot.  If you have a manual transmission you’ll need to exercise care when releasing the clutch.  Even cars with automatic transmissions squeal tires driving up Lombard Street.  Every time you go from gas to brake the car rolls back until the motor moves the car forwards.  On Lombard Street its quite normal to smell burning rubber from tires and clutches.  Lombard Street is best driven in a rental car.”

So, don’t follow the crowd up Lombard and don’t follow the 49 Mile Scenic Drive (which doesn’t even hit the crooked part of the street), just follow the cable cars on Hyde from Nob Hill.

You’ll do fine.

Your Baldessari of the Day, #2: (Two Things) Better Experienced/Difficult to Describe

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The Baldessari exhibit at the Legion of Honor museum continues on through November 8th, 2009. It’s called “John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.”

Here’s (Two Things) Better Experienced/Difficult to Describe, 1988 – a billboard project for Edition Artelier, Graz, Austria. It’s huge.

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This concludes Your Baldessari of the Day.

Happy Flag Day from San Francisco

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

In honor of Flag Day, a huge American flag on California Street in the Financial District of San Francisco. It’s safe from being burned by the locals thanks to the Flag Desecration Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Oops, scratch that. This particular idea for an amendment isn’t actually in effect right now. Yet somehow, people have refrained from burning the flag pictured below.