Saturday, 8 December 2007

Evolutions Museum

Yet more from the prolific Second Life designer, architect and builder: Scope Cleaver. Out on the Arcana sim, which appears to be a regular private residential area - a tropical sim, carved into a number of smaller parcels - you will find the Evolutions Museum. The idea of the museum is quite neat. There are many great object creators in Second Life, people who specialise in anything from jewellery all the way up to mega-prim buildings. The skills of these folk seem nigh-on unreachable to us mere mortals, with our feeble sandbox dabblings. However, every one has to start somewhere, and this museum helps show how these great constructors have evolved. You get to see, and contrast, their early work against their more contemporary work. In almost all cases the evolution is spectacular - and offers more than a crumb of hope to aspiring constructors who feel they can't possibly compete.

The building housing the collection was created by Scope Cleaver. It is a much more traditional edifice (by his standards) than his recent mega-builds for Alexander Beach and Virtual Estonia. In essence, it's a 2-storey box, with glass walls supported by a delicate filigree of steel struts. This allows a lot of light in to the museum, making it a light, airy display space. I was surprised to find no notecards with the displays. Are there any? If I wasn't looking in the right place then they should be made easier to find! [see update below]

Here's my photos:


The site officially opens today, and I would suggest that you pop along - it really is rather fascinating.

Oh, the last photo... the one showing the invitation... is NOT part of the build. hehe.

UPDATE: My pal Lem points out - see comments - that there are notecards. I was just in too much of a rush to spot them. Click on the artist names... and Bob's yer uncle.

2 comments:

The FreeRice Contest said...

I loved the closing shot of New New Alville! :)

That's a lovely, clean, simple build - I see what you mean!

Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!

--Soph

Lem said...

There are indeed notecards with every exhibit. You have to click on the name of the creator which, in most cases, is written on the side of a platform. I agree it is not very intuitive and I wondered about that too for awhile until I saw one sign mentioning that. And those notecards are quite important for understanding the exhibition.