DENVER — Rocket Ice Cream, the latest venture by the owners of the Lowry Beer Garden and partners in the Hangar 2 project, is set to land in Lowry this June. Installation of the lifesized Rocketship, which will tower 50 feet tall when complete, will begin on Monday at 11 a.m. A team of world-famous artists and engineers will work through the week using a crane and boom truck to assemble the breath taking sculpture that will be the centerpiece of the ice cream shop.
Once open, Rocket Ice Cream will feature locally-made Little Man Ice Cream with unique flavors that change daily. The menu will offer malts, shakes, floats, sorbet, vegan ice cream, sundaes and splits.
“When planning the development of Hangar 2, we knew that we wanted an ice cream shop,” said Joe Vostrejs, Principal with City Street Investors which is a partner in the project along with Larimer Associates. “We felt it was important to incorporate a significant piece of public art that tied into air and space; something that would inspire and fire the imagination of kids. When I saw this sculpture, it was perfect because it captured the wonderment I felt as a child when I dreamed of space travel.”
Created in 2009 by world-renowned art studio Five Ton Crane Arts as an art installation for the Burning Man Festival, the Rocketship took a devoted team of more than 70 artists, scientists and engineers to design and build. It has since been on display in locations across the United States and Canada including the Embarcadero in San Francisco and NASA. Its 1930s-1940s retro-style design is intended to invoke the romantic notion of space travel before it became a reality.
Officially called the “Raygun Gothic Rocketship,” the Ship will sit on top of Rocket Ice Cream’s circular glass kiosk, poised as if ready to board passengers for lift off. “From the very first meeting at the back of the launch bay, through our first few laps of the Solar System, and on to exhibitions across the Western US and Canada, this project has inspired its crew, and thousands of others, to reach higher and aspire to greater endeavors,” explains lead artist David Shulman. “Five Ton Crane Arts is excited to see the Raygun Gothic Rocketship land at such an appropriate location, and we certainly hope that its new community finds as much joy in it as we have.”
Hangar 2 is a joint venture of City Street Investors, Larimer Associates and Hartman Ely Investments. City Street Investors and Larimer Associates are privately held Denver-based real estate investment and management firms best known for their partnership in Denver Union Station as well as several other unique neighborhood restaurants including Lowry Beer Garden, North County and Ernie’s Bar & Pizza. Hartman Ely Investments specializes in creating unique properties.