SL12B: Five Must See Exhibits

Second Life’s 12th Birthday Celebration(SL12B) has so many fabulous wonders to behold from the infrastructure on up and I’ve been fortunate to see almost all of as preparations were underway. The stages are amazing, the welcome area is breathtaking, and even the canals are something to see. It all comes down to exhibits, though, and for my first big post on the event I’d like to highlight five that I think count as Must See Exhibits. If your’s isn’t listed, I’m sorry. There were just too many and I’ll be posting about more soon.

Something Amazing – Kennylex Luckless (SLurl)

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Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

One of my jobs was to vet artists to be featured at SL12B and one of the first names I thought of was Kennylex Luckless. He puts such joy into his creations. Everything is bright and clever and fun. The last time he exhibited at a birthday celebration his exhibit changed every day, often several times a day and I was so pleased when the told me that his work (or is it really play?) at SL12B would be no different. Kenny is one clever wolf and you should drop in regularly, play with the toys, and grab the freebies. You might even catch yourself a Torley!

1920s Berlin Project – Jo Yardley (SLurl)

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Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Frau Jo had a dream. Recreate a slice of Berlin, German from the 1920s in Second Life. So she did. And her work has been so good that it has been featured in press worldwide, is regularly visited by staff from Linden Lab, and gathers praise from Residents all over. Visit the SL12B exhibit to experience the atmosphere of this great role play region, no costume required.

Childhood Dreams Dome – Loki Eliot (SLurl)

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Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Long ago – 7 years is a long time in Second Life – quite a bit of controversy stirred at SL5B, but Loki Eliot had one of the best exhibits of that year, his Childhood Dreams experience. This year, the master story teller and artist has updated his exhibit with mesh, experience tools, and more flair. Drop into this dream and be amazed.

The Bay City Dream – Marianne McCann (SLurl)

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Click to embiggen, or see it on Flickr.

If you haven’t been reading my blog, shame on you you might not have gotten the idea behind Bay City. It is an urban development project from The Lab. Its retro-deco theme is pegged for America between the 1940s and 1960s. For SL12B, Marianne McCann worked closely with ADudeNamed Anthony on an exhibit inspired by The Ford Wonder Routunda and Magic Skyway form the 1964 New York World’s Fair to make a showcase of Bay City’s essence. Ride your way around the city in comfort and meet some residents. Look for the mini-tugboats like the ones you’ll find at Bay City’s New Port Yacht Club (SLurl).

Maps of Second Life @ SL12B – Juliana Lethdetter (SLurl)

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Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

As mentioned, I worked on vetting artists for SL12B. One of my goals was to find work that hadn’t been featured before and to find pieces that you wouldn’t ordinarily find at the usual Second Life exhibit spaces. I wanted work that showcased the art of the every day. Bright, light, and fun were my watch word. I think I got it all when I asked the curator of the New Hadath Lighthouse Art Gallery (SLurl) to bring her maps of SL collection to exhibit. Not only did Juliana bring maps, but she brought elegant design to her SL12B space to make a lovely park.

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