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Posadas Begin, and an Artist to Know

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The Anglican Cathedral’s Advent tradition of Posadas has begun again.  For the next four weeks, the Holy Family will travel toward Epiphany Island, stopping at houses and other places along the way for a night or two.  Here we see the statues at Philemon’s and Isabel’s house, a small corner of Canada in the ocean of the Grid.  If you’re interested in keeping up with Mary and Joseph and wish to follow them on their travels, join the Anglican Cathedral group, and you’ll get a daily landmark to where the statues will be.

lindsay Sabetha

While at Phil and Isabel’s house yesterday, I was privileged to meet a friend of theirs, lindsay Sabetha, who is an artist in Real Life, working in acrylics.  She was exhibiting some of her work in a small gallery near where the Posadas statues stood yesterday, and I spoke with her for a time.  lindsay lives east of Toronto in the country, and was extremely lucky to have studied in her younger days under the late Arthur Lismer, CC, one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of Seven (generally credited with establishing a uniquely Canadian æsthetic in landscapes).  If you’re familiar with Lismer’s work, you can see the influences here in lindsay’s style; but I’m tempted to say that her use of color is a touch bolder than her mentor’s was.  She also does excellent seascapes, and I’d urge you to take in an exhibit if you ever get a chance to.


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The Sistine Chapel in Second Life

Believe it or not, this isn’t Real Life in the photo above.  I shot this photo this morning in the reproduction of the Sistine Chapel at Vassar Island; and you can see the quality of the builder’s work here for the most part in “pasting” the image textures onto the prims.  Only the joint lines between the vault of the ceiling and the pointed arches over the windows show traces of artifact.  The builder put this together from a series of photographs to reduce the distortion found in many photos of this semicircular work of art.  You can see where inexperience and the physical limitations of 2006 in Second Life show up in the lack of joins between the ceiling and the walls — but the eye is drawn away from the physicality of material to the glory of the art created via papal command by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

According to The Writer’s Almanac, All Saints’ Day (November 1), this day in 1512, was the day on which Pope Julius II allowed people beyond himself, the artist Michelangelo (and probably the pope’s immediate circle) to see the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time.  Avatars who complain about the difficulty of building or creating anything in Second Life should read the history of what Michelangelo had to go through to execute the commission for this huge set of frescoes.  This, obviously, was not a single day’s work — we’re talking the Sixteenth Century, after all — but it took much more than a few days, as well.  It took four years for him to finish the frescoes, between 1508-1512, and part of the effort (according to Wikipedia) was due to his own fault in negotiating for a far grander scheme than Julius was planning on.  He complained bitterly that he was a sculptor, not a painter, and actually tried to bug out from the work when the “warrior pope” was diverted by a conflict with France.  Once the fighting was over, Julius told Michelangelo to get to Rome and start up, and the artist had no choice but to begin. Read the rest of this entry »

Historical SL Map Exhibit At New Kadath Art Gallery

Many of you know this map — of the two primary Mainland continents, Sansara and Heterocera.

And you’re usually familiar with this physical map as well.  (I recall this before Zindra was a part of the grid.)

But only real old-timers, about as old as Second Life, will remember this map:

This was the first physical map of Second Life, back when it was far easier to put together a map at all — only 16 regions.  I have no proof that Da Boom is the first region, the one where Philip laid down his mighty Hand and said (WHAP!!!!)

Okay, I’ve been informed that I’m getting a little messianic here.  Anyway, this is what it looked like way back when.  And this map is just one in a substantial display of maps of the Grid, put up for display in a temporary exhibit of Grid cartography.  I caught a plurk from Second Life headquarters, so to speak, mentioning this exhibit; it’s being held at the New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery, and is curated by Juliana Lethdetter from her personal collection.

The exhibit includes more historical maps, a very brief recital of the legend of Magellan Linden, the man responsible for the discovery of the Grid (it is said), and selections of maps from various groups scattered about Second Life.  Very instructional, a fascinating tour (I didn’t know a thing about the Second Life Coast Guard, for instance), and well worth the visit.

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