Monday, December 7, 2009

Glyph Graves & Silene Christen take the November Awards by Storm

A sublime submission called 'Tendrils' by the jewel in the crown of Australia, Glyph Graves took out top spot for the IMAGINE Challenge for the November round of the UWA 3D Art & Design Competition. Not to be outdone, some incredible work by Silene Christen of the Balears Islands in Spain saw her winning the top non-scripted IMAGINE entry for 'Jackob's Stairs' as well as the FLAGSHIP Challenge, where the challenge is to build and Art Gallery that could perhaps be built. With this, Silene became the first person to win the major prizes in both the IMAGINE & FLAGSHIP categories.

Glyph Graves' Tendrils

A total of 58 entries were submitted for the IMAGINE challenge for November and 7 entries to the FLAGSHIP challenge of the University of Western Australia's 3D Art & Design Competition. Co-hosts Jayjay Zifanwe and quadrapop Lane were astounded by the rise in entries month to month and the also how the entries coming in were spread across the globe, with artists and builders taking from Canada, the USA, the UK, Scotland, England, Spain, France, Brazil, Denmark, Holland, Portugal, Tunisia, Germany and Australia.

Silene's Art Gallery - November Flagship winner

With the year long competition growing from strength to strength, it was announced during the award ceremony that the judging panel for the Grand Prize, which already included Second Life personalities from the art, architecture & journalism world (including Frolic Mills, Will Dreadlow, Sasun Steinback, Lowell Cremorne and White Lebed) was boosted by the CEO of Linden Labs, M Linden, joining the panel!

An artist book prize was also awarded for the month of November. This was won by Oldoak Merlin for his work Offenes Buch (Open Book). Book prize panel chair, Juanita Deharo commenting on the piece said "The words and print won't stay on the page but float and swirl, sometimes forming words, sometimes not. The work asks us to consider the nature of words, story and text, while staying within the known bounds of 'bookness'. The dedication to Ramon Llull gives us an indication of the creator's intent. It is a very well conceived and aesthetically pleasing work that operates on a number of levels, and is well deserving of the prize.

Glyph inside his work Tendrils

Commenting on his win, Glyph said; "There was a lot of high quality work in this month so I wasn't expecting anything. My piece, Tendrils is a portrait of a person ... both closed and open to the world showing a different facet of themselves depending on who and how many are around them. There's an undocumented feature that I'm not sure many saw .. the sphere will change colour depending on how many people are inside it. Oh and of course it sends out tendrils .. of sound and colour."

Silene Christen's Jakob's Stairs

Stunned by the double award, Silene said; "I'm happy, and surprised. Suprised for several reasons. Jackob's Stairs is..very conceptual very my style..and I didn't think it would be 'in vogue' in SL at the moment. So I was really suprised. The FLAGSHIP prize... well, this is an honour. To see people dancing and walking and looking at the things in it makes me feel ... extremely happy. I made things for people, and is very great for a builder to see people using them."

A number of other awards were also presented including the People's Choice Award taken by Dusty Canning's 'Letting off Steam'. Other winners included Miso Susanowa, Jedda Zenovka, Sledge Roffo, RAG Randt, Sabrina Nightfire, Nyx Breen and Ichiko Miles, who took 2nd prize in both the Imagine Challenge and the Artist Book prize (full list below).

Miso Susanowa - Excalibur Award winner

The competition is now receiving entries for the month of December. Location is


1st Prize:
Tendrils by Glyph Graves ($L5,000 + Custom T-Shirt)
2nd Prize:
Consolation of Philosophy of Ichiko Miles ($L1,250)
Best Non-Scripted Entry:
Jackobs Stairs by Silene Christen ($L1,250 + Custom T-Shirt)

Honourable Mention (Simple Beauty):
Budding by Sledge Roffo ($L500)
Honourable Mention (A Short History of Everything):
Offenes Buch / Open Book by Oldoak Merlin ($L500)
Honourable Mention (Immersion):
Sweet Sid & the Singing Sidlets by Jedda Zenovka ($L500)
Honourable Mention (Behind the Veil):
Primary Emotions by RAG Randt ($L500)
Honourable Mention (Atmosphere):
Turbulence by Sabrinaa Nightfire ($L500)

1st Prize :
Art Gallery by Silene Christen ($L5,000)
2nd Prize:
FUTURELab by Nyx Breen ($L1,250)

1st Prize :
Offenes Buch / Open Book by Oldoak Merlin ($L2,000)
2nd Prize:
Consolation of Philosophy of Ichiko Miles ($L500)

THE EXCALIBUR AWARD (for new / returning artists)
1000 prims in perpetuity at Excalibur Aquitaine compliments of Phillip Vought
Miso Susanowa

Letting off Steam by Dusty Canning ($L500)


  1. Another amazing art event at UWA!
    Great job, everybody. Congratulations to the winners!
    Can't wait to see the December entries...

  2. Id like thank the judges and very much appreciate that they thought that on this occasion my entry was good enough for first.. I would like to add though that there is an amazing diversity of talent amongst Australian artists in SL and that competitions are by their nature linear I like to think I do ok in capturing what I see but so do many others ... the nature of art for me is that it is more like a dynamic multi modal surface and there are many peaks on this surface. We are fortunate in that there are many jewels in this crown