It is that time of year, where Second Life is celebrating their 15th Anniversary of their existence. This year Second Life celebrates with a Crystal theme. Although most 15 year anniversaries are celebrated with crystal, timepieces, red jewelry, and red roses.
Of all the birthday celebrations I think this one is the one I am most excited about because 15 years is a definite milestone. My own rezz day is just around the corner where I will be celebrating 12 years of Second Life residency. And I feel that I am just into my adulthood in Second Life terms.
So like most community celebration, the Lindens put together a week-long celebration centered around the exhibit of a multiple sim sculpture art build projects, gift giveaways, and a musical festival.
I did not attend the music festival however, I visited a couple of the sims art sculpture project builds. I liked that the over color schema was full of vibrant pastels however, it was nice to see how dark colors really popped in contrast with the other builds. I enjoyed this crystal forest with dark colored trees which I believed to be made of crystal as well. I also found the golden bushes and foliage to be pleasant to my eye as well.
As a builder myself, I found it fantastical all the art projects that were large scaled. This project below was probably 250-500 meters tall if I had to guess. The palm of the hand was at least two-times my 7 foot stature. I think that the plot itself and all the exhibits were at least 512×512 meters in size. The hand had a mate that were both holding a giant crystal ball. With a tribal worship scene inside. It was like a giant crystal snow globe without the snow of course.
This exhibit was very impressive it was enclosed in a large dark box. With a ceiling that mimicked the night sky with lots of tiny sparkling stars. It was a park with lazy twisting stone paths cutting through it, lined with easels displaying scenic photographs. Of the all my favorite was the one shot of a bike rike filled with parked bikes.
I wonder how many of the exhibitors participate from year to year for the Second Life Commuity Birthday Celebration. Because there were more than a few that were not coherent to the crystal theme and I found them to be intriguing. I wondered especially the meaning of this exhibit. It was a dense and eerie, cornfield. I have no idea was a cornfield stood for but all I could recall was the movie, Children of the Corn. I wondered it the builder (artist) was making a political statement or if I was just reading too much into it. I of course had to navigate to the middle of the deep field to see what was beyond the corn and I did not find a creepy ritual clearing with a bleeding scarecrow. Neither did a human-eating ancient insect-toid fly over my head. Though I will definitely say that it gave me a huge case of “jeepers-creepers”.
I found a humongous auditorium that was constructed as a starship. The inside of the construction was pretty simple. It was entertaining though to consider that it was functional for more than nostalgia.
The starship was not a complete construction, it was only the separated bridge that used. To get inside the structure you had to walk through this high tech-tunnel that seemed to take a full 5 minutes to get to the end.
This next exhibit acutally made me gasp when I saw it on the horizon. It was unmistakably Cinderella’s Castle. Or maybe more appropriately, Cinderesident’s Crystal Castle. I was all dreamy and bright I wanted to be like Godilock’s and spend the night there eating out of Cinder’s frig.
As I worked out the nerve to go inside a sit for a spell. I was accosted by Cinderesident and Prinz Charm.me.
So, overall I loved the celebration. It is a good thing for Second Life and the Community to take the time to acknowledge another year spent in virtual prosperity. I had heard that the highlight of the music festival was the huge cake that was constructed to commemorate the end of the celebration. So I headed over to see this… I found a cake but this was the size of a gift bag.
I searched on crossing a sim line to find a grid marking the street and then Holy Pixels!!
The structure seemed to be the full size of a sim. As you can see the dark structure next to it was an art exhibit that I mentioned earlier I suspect to be 512 x 512 meters in size. The Second Life 15th Community Celebration birthday cake was completely dwarfing it. On closer inspection I was dazzled by the details of each crystal chandelier draping of the cake’s design. There were hundreds of chandeliers.
After getting my bearings I realized that the birthday cake as a huge dance hall that could accomodate at least 100 people. I jumped up on the stage to spin the turntables in tribute to my 12 years of Second Life.
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