Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Rusted Development

Art exhibits in SL sometimes echo art exhibits in RL; photos are carefully framed and arranged on the walls of a gallery for viewers to pass by and review. At other times, however, SL art exhibits are a world apart from their RL counterparts, pulling you into the experience of the art and making you interact with them through more than just your eyes.

A Rusted Development, a new exhibit built by Haveit Neox and featuring work by artists Rose Borchovski, Artistide Despres, Claudia222 Jewell, Bryn Oh, Scottius Polke, Ziki Questi, PJ Trenton, Blue Tsuki, Stephen Venkman, Eliza Wierwight, and Trill Zapatero has just opened in the LEA1 sim. Curated by Rowan Derryth, the components of this haunting and awe-inspiring build are constructed on the foundation of a story.

The tale...

The fabled merchant city that rode atop the back of a gigantic whale met with a calamity that ended its existence abruptly. In the middle of the ocean, a horrific storm caused two huge ships carrying toxic chemicals to collide into the swimming whale city. The whale and all the populace died in the flood of chemicals that saturated the waves.

The whale turned to bones, and the city to rust, it was nearly half a century before this city adrift was discovered. An expedition of artists, searching for land to build an art colony, came upon the decomposing city. With the intent to regenerate the place, they set to work by first towing to safe harbor the floating mass. Each artist then undertook their vision. The empty shell of the city suddenly filled in and expanded as each artist found their niche in the Rusted Development. No longer at the mercy of invisibility, the city humbles its rusted fa├žade to the highlights of the art within.

The discrete parts by individual artists work together to create a breathtaking experience.

The exhibit is in place until the end of June but don't wait 'til the end. Spend some minutes, or more likely, some hours, visiting it now. Wander around the whole-sim installation and take in the skills and imagination of some of SL most notable artists gathered in one place.

And don't worry if you fall into the sea; there's almost as much to see under the waves as above.

Visit A Rusted Development at LEA1.

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