Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Transcending Borders: Kicca Igaly and Nino Vichan

The next entries in UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders come from another pair of veteran UWA challenge artists.
Kicca Igaly - Transcending Borders
Kicca Igaly portrays a real life office work space with a laptop showing SL on the screen with a prim figure being created. Through the office window you see a painted street scene, in contrast to the realistic office. And beyond the wall is the SL space from the laptop depicted in full 3D as a work in progress. The surreality is a bit mind-bending as our focus shifts from image to "reality," remembering that the relative reality of the scene we are looking at is a virtual rendering on a flat screen in our own real life.
Nino Vichan - Bob & The Box

Nino Vichan presents his immersive installation titled "Bob & The Box." This is a set of dioramas with plays on the word and concept of "box," portrayed largely by a cartoon figure (Bob) and ... a box with as provocateur. The various scenes (Shakespeare, Puns, Paradox, Art, etc.) have several one-line jokes (in English) with boxes. Touching on the diorama provides translations in French and Italian.

Come see these and the other entries in the Transcending Borders show. And don't forget, there's still plenty of time to submit yours!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

LEA6 Spirit Within review by Victoria Lenoirre

Photo by Lagu Indigo
For the month of August at LEA6, we have Lagu Indigo and Stardove Spirit hosting their installation Spirit Within. It's a beautiful world and it gives you a feeling of peace. In their own words:

This art project is called Spirit Within based on a life death experience. As you land within the garden you are surrounded by water and light, you will view the steps leading up to a temple which within holds the light. The walk up to the temple you will have spirits on each side of the steps, this represents the spirits that where the guides that showed the way to the light, they where of pure light and like ancestors from the past.

As you reach the top within the temple is the light and an Angel, he was the giver of light and shows the way to the light though the darkness and back to reality and earth. The butterflies represent the rebirth and the beauty that there is life and that you can be reborn. My experience of life  and death is only a small part  of the journey and as the light was given so I am grateful to be  alive and free like the butterfly. There where many parts to this experience  and this is just the one part , maybe a dream of the mind or a reality. But I know that I got though a bad time and am thankful for the experience. It is like a cleansing of the soul to a new beginning of a new life.

The landing area is in a garden. You're bathed in a greenish glow. The walls of the palace are a calming light blue.

The palace is a shining golden yellow surrounded by the shimmering light green. It's magnificent!

The colors here are soothing and make me think about positive auras and spirituality. Every color symbolizes something. Yellow symbolizes enlightenment and intellect. Green symbolizes growth and harmony. Green is associated with safety. Blue symbolizes depth and stability. It is a calming color. Together, these colors create an environment of nurturing and life.

The structure is open except for a wall around it. But even the wall is clear and it does not feel confining.

I am happy that I got to ask Lagu some questions about Spirit Within.

 So this is your first installation in SL?

1)..This is our first installation  at Lea 6 where we had complete control of the build and the idea, Stardove has done a project at Philosopher's Stone at LEA 17. We have both done smaller projects within Second Life Burn 2 2014.

Do you believe in out of body experiences?

2)..Yes can be possible, some people are aware and some are not. Me and Stardove had different experiences at the same age, but at different times.

Do you believe in spirits and ghosts?

3).. Yes we believe there are forces that we can't understand just yet. A ghost and a spirit are two different things. A ghost is a shadow of a former self which has became trapped within an energy field, a spirit can be described in many ways. The spirit is the essence of life and can become many forms. We are all spirit, but believe that there is higher spirit than ourselves who have always been there in the light. But we are new spirits who have evolved from them, these spirits can be angelic angels our guides, how you use the sprit within you makes you the person you are. We believe the spirit is of true light.

What have you done in SL so far? 

4) We have been involved in a lot of projects within SL from artworks to builds we have worked with. Our artworks have been show at born Born Museum, Galeria Mexico, Visions Complex, Tanalois Group  Lie2 and Artwalk 2014. Most of our bigger works and builds have been Burn 2 and Artfest Eclectic Diversity. Other projects we have done within SL are Angel Spirit dances and charity event Feed a Smile.

What are your plans for the future in SL?
5).. To go on being creative and experience new things like making a film maybe and displaying more creative ideas to carry on improving .

Are you an artist or engineer in real life? Every detail of your work is deliberately laid out.

6)..In real life we are very creative people and have displayed a lot of are artworks for charity events. We love art and that is the path in which we are taking at this time in life .


Where can we see your creations?

 7)..At lea 6 and  at this time we have just started Fiat Artists Art  Tour with Owl Braveheart so you will be able to see some of are artworks there. Both me and Stardove want a gallery within SL to display our works so people can find us easier.

Stardove and Lagu are two artists to follow in SL. What will they do next? Feel free to ask them!

Great job to these two in creating Spirit Within!

Come visit Spirit Within now!

Have fun and enjoy the art!

-Victoria Lenoirre

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (August 2014): Lagu Indigo & Stardove Spirit's 'Spirit Within'


This month sees the dawn of fresh names in the virtual art world, with Lagu Indigo and Stardove Spirit taking the lead for the August round of the 4th cycle of the LEA Full SIM Art series at LEA 6. A full list of the LEA Full SIM offering since inception in 2011 can be found HERE.  Anyone interested in applying for either Dec 2014 or Jan 2015, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe with your interest and preferred month.
 
SPIRIT WITHIN: 

LAUNCH: OPEN NOW!!!
LOCATION: HERE AT LEA 6

In Lagu & Stardove's words:


"This art project is called Spirit Within based on a life death experience, as you land within the garden you are surrounded by water and light, you will view the steps leading up to a temple which within holds the light, The walk up to the temple you will have spirits on each side of the steps , this represents the spirits that where the guides that showed the way to the light, they where of pure light and like ancestors from the past. as you reach the top within the temple is the light and an Angel he was the giver of light and shows the way to the light though the darkness and back to reality and earth. The butterflies represent the rebirth and the beauty that there is life and that you can be reborn, My experience of life  and death it is only a small part  of the journey and as the light was given so i am grateful to be  alive and free like the butterfly. There where many parts to this experience  and this is just the one part , maybe a dream of the mind or a reality .but i know that i got though a bad time and am thankful for the experience , It like a cleansing of the soul to a new beginning of a new life."







Saturday, August 16, 2014

Transcending Borders: Spiral Silverstar and Dusty Canning

The UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders continues with early entries from two long-time UWA artists.

Spiral Silverstar gives us a rotating fractal kaleidoscope.


And Dusty Canning presents a full-size 3D rendition of a painting by Van Gogh that you can walk around in.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Transcending Borders: Ginger Lorakeet and Sheba Blitz

The UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders continues with two more early entries.
Ginger Lorakeet is well known for her wonderful immersive wall-hanging dioramas. This time we have a sort of terrarium with a fanciful animated scene about the astonishment of being in a virtual world, "In a dream somewhere between real life & Second Life." 
Sheba Blitz had an entry in the recent Freedom Project, and I'm delighted to see a followup entry in the new show. The piece is called "Android Ascension" and is a beautiful abstract construction of pyramidal forms with a turning spherical core that shows images of figures climbing an endless spiral stair.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Transcending Borders: The Entries Begin...

We have received the first two entries in the UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders. With over L$1 Million in prize money at stake, we're hoping for a tremendous showing by the deadline on October 31. We will be highlighting the new entries in both art and machinima here on the UWAinSL blog as they arrive in the gallery.

First up is Xia Firethorn. Xia is  a highly regarded SL photographer and fashion model who debuted at UWA in the recent Freedom Project show (which can still be seen at the UWA gallery). Her entry for Transcending Borders is titled simply "Transcending."

"Transcending," by Xia Firethorn
 Our second entry is titled "Union," from Silva Khandr, creator and scripter of MythDesign Products in SL.

"Union," by Silva Khandr

Stay tuned for more!

Transcending Borders: Launch of UWA Art & Film Challenges with L$1.09 Mil in Prizes


University of Western Australia (UWA) is happy to announce the launch of MachinimUWA VII  and the 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge, with a starting prize pool of L$545,000 each. The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Sponsored by Tom Papas & SciFi Film Festival, LaPiscean Liberty & SL Artist, AviewTV, Arrehn Oberlander and MetaHarpers, Kip Yellowjacket and Virtlantis, Taralyn Gravois and Arts Castle Gallery, TheDoveRhode and Peace is a Choice and S&S Gallery of Fine SL Art, Jon Stubbs & UWA Student Services, as well as The UWA Virtual Worlds Project. The prize pool sits at L$1,090,000 (approx USD 4,200). We hope you are inspired by this to create many wondrous works of art and film as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guidelines as well as the Audience Participation Prizes for watching the machinima. These will be on the UWA Blog & SL Artist)

WHAT: MachinimUWA VI Film Challenge & 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge. You may enter either the art challenge, the film challenge or both.

WHEN: Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014.  Winner will be announced in December 2014

THEME: 
The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilisation or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatogrpher...You decide.


WHY THIS THEME?
This theme was selected by Professor Ted Snell, Chairman Director of the Cultural Precinct, UWA and who inspired the very first of the UWA art challenges in 2009. This theme is in honour of the 'Transcending Borders' exhibition at UWA's Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2014. This exhibition gave visual form to the developing cross-cultural relationship between South Korea and Western Australia using The Berndt Museum's collection of historical objects from Korea as a catalyst for cultural exchanges and collaboration.


MAJOR RULES FOR ART:
Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme. Where the link to the theme is difficult to ascertain, this should be referenced in a notecard accompanying the work.


There is a 150
LI (land impact) limit with a limit of 1 entry per artist.
(Note: This is a change from previous competitions. We are now using only Land Impact limits instead of prim limits. Those who are able to work with the SL physics model may be able to significantly increase their prim use without exceeding the land impact calculation. Techniques are best learned by experimentation.)


Copy/Mod/Transfer permissions are not a requirement, however COPY perms are appreciated.

MAJOR RULES FOR MACHINIMA:
There is no limit to the number of entries you may choose to send in.

The theme is 'Transcending Borders' and you may interpret this theme as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes how it fits in the film notes on the web). 

Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and this should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders' 

You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which includes either Winthrop Clock Tower, The Somerville Auditorium or The Sunken Gardens.

4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended maximum length, but this is not a hard rule.
 
PRIZES: 
There is a prize pool of L$1.09 Million, with a L$545,000 each for art and machinima and at least 10 prizes in each. For Machinima, there will be a Special UWA Prize for the best machinima that includes Winthrop Clock Tower, The Sunken Gardens or the Sommerville Theatre in the Machinima. There will also be 2 Curators Prizes, one each for art and film. For the Curators machinima prize, this will go to the best film that features one of the artworks from either the current challenge or one of the winning works from previous UWA art challenges. There are also audience participation awards for just watching the machinimas and submitting a top 10 list.

The Reflection Pond Next to Winthrop Clock Tower
http://slurl.com/secondlife/University%20of%20WA/120/231/24

The UWA Sunken Gardens
http://slurl.com/secondlife/University%20of%20WA/36/228/24

The UWA Somerville Auditorium with its Norfolk Bay Pine Trees
http://slurl.com/secondlife/University%20of%20WA/238/180/26

The UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge Gallery (curated by FreeWee Ling)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/UWA/64/131/249



UWA Gallery of Selected Former 3D Art Winners (curated by FreeWee Ling)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA%20Winthrop/121/140/24

 *Space constraints don't allow us to display all

 
METHOD OF ENTRY: 
For Machinima

Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably youtube or vimeo, and provide the link  to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty or email Jayjay (jayjayaustralia@hotmail.com).

For Art
Place the artwork in the art entry receiver at the UWA Art Challenge platform (no perms required, but copy is appreciated if possible) along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and description of artwork) . If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. Blank NC templates available by touching the challenge notice at the UWA Art Challenge platform.
 
OTHER MATTERS
*All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, you must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of your work. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have obtained permission from the creator(s).
* Please acknowledge the works you feature, the lands where you film and any music or content that you use.
* If you need to rez (blue screen etc)
at UWA sims, contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling.
* If you have questions or want to discuss anything, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe
*All entries remain the property of the creator, however once entered, you agree to provide UWA, SL Artist & AviewTV non-exclusive, unrestricted, use in perpetuity in the known universe for educational and promotional purposes. 

JUDGING PANEL
Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Lyn DiCiero -  Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle (ART Only)

Len Zuks (RL) - West Australia Artist & Sculpturist
Merle Hearns (RL) / Briarmelle Quintessa (SL) - Senior Lecturer, Foundation Studies Department, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Marylou Goldrosen - Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University
C.Steele (RL) / Rasaec (SL) - Lecturer, York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) - Media Professor, Southern Illinois University, Author - Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist) 
Dr Helen Farley - Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures), Australian Digital Futures Institute - University of Southern Queensland 
Debora Kaz - Director of Kaz Filmes e Produções / Producer of I Festival Machinima Art Connections Brasil
Lumiere Noir - Creator of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives
FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenges
Kip Yellowjacket (SL) - Co-creator, Virtlantis 
TheDove Rhode - CEO & OWNER of PEACE IS A CHOICE & S&S GALLERY OF FINE SL ART
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) - CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster

Victoria Lennoire - Editor of BOSL Magazine
Arrehn Oberlander (SL) - Firestorm Developer & Founder of  the MetaHarpers Art Collective
Quan Lavender - Journalist & Blogger
Tom Papas - SciFi Film Festival & Screen My Shorts, Australia

Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications (ART Only)
Inara Pey - Journalist & Blogger
Honour McMillan - Blogger

Kara Trapdoor - Journalist & Blogger
Apmel Goosson - Scandinavian Author/Publisher
Eleanor Medier - Editor of The Sim Street Journal
Ziki Questi - Photographer & Blogger
Thinkerer Melville (SL) / Selby Evans (RL) - Journalist & Blogger
Phaylen Fairchild - Filmmaker and Entertainer
Taralyn Gravois - Owner of Arts Castle Gallery

Bevan Whitfeld - Avatar Designer & Member of the Board of Directors, Rockcliffe University
Dousa Dragonash (SL) - COO Metaverse Television

PatriciaAnne Daviau - 3D Artist
Jay Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds

PRIZE LIST ART(L$545,000 in total)
1st Prize: L$100,000
2nd Prize: L$70,000
3rd Prize: L$50,000
4th Prize: L$40,000
5th Prize: L$30,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$25,000

Additional L$135,000 for audience participation and other prizes

(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)
 

PRIZE LIST MACHINIMA (L$545,000 in total)
1st Prize: L$100,000
2nd Prize: L$70,000
3rd Prize: L$50,000
4th Prize: L$40,000
5th Prize: L$30,000
6th - 10th Prize: :@$25,000
UWA Prize: L$15,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
Curators Art of the Artists Prize: L$15,000

Additional L$105,000 for audience participation and other prizes
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

* Special thanks to Eliza Wierwight the event poster design and for all her support 
* Special thanks also to the creator of some of the spaces at UWA. These include FreeWee Ling, Chuckmatrix Clip, quadrapop Lane, Nyx Breen, Bradley Dorchester (Bradley Curnow, RL). Dragonmage Bogan (Dr Chris Thorne, RL), Sharni Azalee & Minny Werefox (Minh Tran, RL).

Friday, July 25, 2014

July LEA6 Miso Susanowa's State of Mind II Review by Victoria Lenoirre

For the month of July, Miso Susanowa's installation State of Mind II has taken over. Looking at the presidential seal, it seems very fitting for July.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/67/137/25



Upon landing you see a blue button on the floor that says "State of Mind, Office of Mental Security. In front of the landing area, you see a machine and a handful of signs. The machine is an inspection table complete with conveyor belt and a bucket with a head in it. That's a bit scary. Right away you realize that the "state of mind" is not a healthy one. The state of mind is one of paranoia and fear. In Miso's words it is "about the State invading your mind. Propoganda."

I met Miso when I landed one night and I'm so glad I did.

Don't forget to enable sound. Miso assigned sounds to parcels. And please do take a copy of Miso's RFID arm band. There is also a Security Bubble that you can take.

Walk inside the building to see more propoganda signs and listen to the sound, both music and speech. Follow the yellow/black path to reach Room 101. That is where you can find info about this installation in a briefcase. Miso calls it "the payoff...tools & information." If you are not wearing the RFID arm band you will be ejected and sent home. You cannot enter the room without the arm band.

This art work uses text "torn straight from today's headlines" and even some clippings from the past.



FreeWee added in her marching droids, a nice touch. As they march, you can hear how their feet crunch along the ground.

This installation is so full of sound. You can even hear several radios, shotguns, even electrodes sparking. There are 3 radios. One radio has Soviet music, one has American propoganda music, and the third radio plays the Imperial Death March from Star Wars.

On the 19th, DJ Walt was spinning tunes from 6-8 pm SLT. It was a great event.

While you're here, you will be periodically scanned by ROVER Enforcer 1, a small droid. He needs to verify your identity. He scanned me at least twice and failed to authenticate me. And so I was promptly ejected and sent home. It was quite strange and I'm glad Miso was near so she helped me. The message I received in local chat was:

ROVER Enforcer 1: Identity Victoria Lenoirre Unvalidated! You are not authorised to be here! GO HOME AND COME BACK WHEN YOU ARE A GOOD CITIZEN.

It's a funny message and we didn't figure out the problem. But eventually ROVER decided I was a good citizen so I could stay. Yay! :-)

Miso told me, "what's weird is that once they've found you, they narrow in on you more."

If you look up to the ceiling you will see pillar cams. The cams follow your movement.

It took her months to gather up all the images and make the posters. She made the "See Something" posters. Those are parodies of a particularly nasty ad campaign in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Just before you get to the movie theater you find the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Shooting Gallery. You can "shoot" any number of people like Achmed the Butcher.

The movie theater is right before you get get to Room 101. Will you find a seat or just peek in and leave? It looks empty. You'll see why when you visit.

There is also a Crimestop Retraining Center which is the first door on your left once you step inside the building.


 Please come visit before this month ends! There is much to see and much food for thought here. And for some it will be as a walk down memory lane...

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/67/137/25

Have fun and enjoy the art!

Victoria Lenoirre



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Rysan Breaks Through for Machinima, Tutsy & Vilvi Bring it HOME



On a remarkable and historic night in the presence of a 250 strong crowd at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia on the 11th of July 2014, Machinima came of age, stamping its mark and taking one of the major prizes for 'Project Homeless 2014'. Rysan Fall's 'The Invisible City' was adjudged 2nd Runners-Up Overall (AUD 500, approx L$112,000), as well as Best Machinima Film (AUD 300, approx L$67,000). A whisker away from both these prizes, ultimately taking out 2nd (AUD 250) in the Machinima category was Tutsy Navarathna's 'Homeless', a sublime combination of second life and real life elements set in India. The 'Flyin Finn', Vilvi Rae who in 2013 had prevented Tutsy from becoming the quadruple champion of the UWA challenges won 3rd (AUD 150), with Sun Dog, which looks at homelessness from an LGBT perspective.

"I can't express how overjoyed I am at how well this film was received. This is such a serious subject and I wanted to be respectful in the way I presented the message. The message I was trying to convey was that it can happen to anyone. Even through no fault of their own. I was extremely excited to hear that "Invisible City " came in first in the machinima competition. But I was even more excited to hear that it placed 3rd in the mainstream film competition. It was great to see a machinima film judged alongside real life films. I am honored to be part of such a worthwhile and important film contest." said Rysan





Tutsy's 'Homeless' was another feather in the cap of this much storied champion, and he shared that, "Project Homeless is a topic both interesting  and difficult to treat. I am very  proud to have win this 1st Runner Up in this machinima competition with my film  and congratulate all those who participated in this project and particularly Rysan Fall."




Vilvi was equally pleased, "I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers and to everyone involved in the project. It was a challenging and very important subject, but eye-opening to work on."

Project Homeless 2014 is a Challenge run by Screen My Shorts Inc & UWA in partnership with and sponsored by the Parramatta City Council. Here entrants of all ages, cultures and ability were invited to submit original creative digital content (conventional film and/or machinima) and win a share of the AUD 10,000 (L$2.28 Million) and have their works exposed on the international stage. 

Watch out also as in the next 2 weeks, MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders will officially launch with a prize pool of at least L$500,000.

The full awards list can be found HERE. The overall winner was 'Peacekeeper' by Joshua Hoareau, also winning  the North Bondi RSL Prize for best film on Returning Veterans.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

M. Butterfly - The Tim Maley: FreeWee Ling Trans-Pacific Collaboration

Artist Tim Maley connects with 3D Artist/Curator FreeWee Ling through her avatar in Second Life
A remarkable Trans-Pacific art collaboration came full circle on Tuesday the 8th of July with the launch of the 'Tim Maley Butterfly Garden' on UWA's artspace in the virtual world of Second Life.

Tim is a studio artist for the Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts WA (DADAA)
stARTSPEAK Project, and this collaboration was one of the results of the vision of Professor Ted Snell in bringing together Simone Flavelle of DADAA and Jay Jay Jegathesan of UWA. They worked together to bring about The Freedom Project which called for artists and filmmakers from around the globe who self identified as having a disability or chronic illness, to create an artwork or a film or in fact a personal story on the theme of ‘Freedom’, showing how virtual worlds have in some way helped them or those around them.From that successful partnership, this new one took shape.

Tim's beautiful drawings lent themselves especially well for 'reimagining' in the virtual world. Kentucky based UWA Curator of Virtual Arts FreeWee Ling used Tim's drawings as templates, bringing hundreds of them to life on a floating garden in Second Life. As she explained, "I was asked to create a butterfly garden using some crayon drawings Tim made. The drawings seem childlike at first glance, but I grew to appreciate Tim's sense of color and design. Each drawing is unique and interesting in its own way. As I invariably discover when I have time to really look at art and to live with it for while, my appreciation for its subtleties deepens. This certainly happened with Tim's pictures."

Anyone in the world can now visit the Tim Maley Butterfly Garden in Second life, by clicking THIS LINK. The link provided is a direct teleport link to the location of the garden, and anyone who already has a Second Life account will be able to teleport there direct. Anyone who does not yet have an account will be directed toward the account creation pages for Second Life, where in a  few simple steps, one can obtain an 'avatar' and log in.


Tim's artwork was used as the template for the creation of hundreds of butterflies flying around in virtual space
Special guests at the launch included Tim's family and Kate Campbell-Pope, Tim's stARTSPEAK art studio mentor.


Jay Jay explained, "What has been the most remarkable thing as far as art in the virtual world goes, is the ability of this medium to bring the artwork of an artist in some far flung corner of this earth to a global audience. I have been lucky to be able to interact and work with artists from all over the world including the Balears Islands in Spain, Martinique in the French Carribean, Serbia, the mountains of wales, and many more. I have leanrt from them that their art which once had an audience of the total number of people in their villages or towns has now grown to one which spans the earth."
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(L-R) Simone Flavelle, Robert, Dale & Tim Maley with Kate Campbell-Pope

Images of the garden and the process of creation can be seen on FreeWee's Picasa Web Album.