About 60 artists and engineers assembled this massive project, called the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, which had its debut at the 2009 Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev.
The 1940s-era rococo rocket is intended to evoke the romantic notion of space travel, and it was built in Oakland, Calif. Many parts were designed using a CAD program called SolidWorks, and it grew into a 40-foot-tall retro masterpiece, complete with 17-foot-tall legs and three main compartments rising another 23 feet in the air. Visitors were encouraged to climb up through the compartments and exit through the attached gantry.
On Friday, there was a "launch" featuring a dazzling light display. (See later slides for action shots or our related CNET News photo gallery for more background on construction.)