SAVE LAUK’S NEST: Celebrating a jewel of Second Life

Save Lauk’s Nest

The drive to save Lauk’s Nest from doom as a result of the sudden European Value Added Tax policy imposed by Linden Lab continues in the best way that the Second Life art community knows how – with an awareness-building art show and music event!

Come join us on Saturday, 6 October at Lauk’s Nest in Second Life’s Alviso sim for an afternoon (evening, if you’re in Europe) of joyous activism as we try to rally resident support for this wonderful place in Second Life.

Artists – visual and musical – will be added throughout the course of the week, so check back in for an updated list of event.


  • Alizarin Goldflake
  • Taxus Gustafson
  • Xenophile Neurocam
  • Yarosh Nohkan
  • Cyanide Seelowe
  • Sabine Stonebender
  • Gore Suntzu
  • Sunn Thunders
  • elros Tuominen
  • Morris Vig
  • Breeze Winnfield
  • Ub Yifu
  • More to come!


  • 11:00-11:30 AM SLT – Andreus Gustafson
  • 11:3 AM0-Noon SLT – MoShang Zhao
  • Noon-2PM SLT – DJ Doubledown Tandino

WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT? (click the links for related blog entries)

Incredible response to Linden-VAT/Lauk’s Nest post

As I type, yesterday’s post “Linden’s VAT bombshell hits the SL art world” has had 300 page views. That is BY FAR the biggest reader response to any post since the Second Arts blog was created.

Response has gone further than just reading, though, as the comments following the entry are not only strong in number but also in quality. The insights that the post generated offer some notions on how to preserve Lauk’s Nest – also offering insights on how Linden Lab handled the public notification of their new policy on the European Union’s Value Added Tax. Let’s review and see what the Second Arts community of readers had to say:

Nils Ophelia more or less suggests playing the hand that we are dealt:

There is no VAT on transactions between avatars. The future is i think that americans can own the land and we europeans then can rent it. Thats what we do now we are selling all land we have in SL. For us its going to be much cheaper to just rent the land we need for our different projects.

Duckling Kwak suggests that we petition Linden Lab to step up and assume ownership of Lauk’s Nest:

LL could take over the land, putting action into Rosedale’s words – a perfectly consistent thing to do from a business point of view. It costs them “nothing” to do this (technically, there is a cost, but it is infinitesimally small compared to all other land-related LL costs, a rounding error in their financials).

LL has an opportunity to silence this entire blog AND generate some good will amongst the population that cares about this AND demonstrate consistency in its public statements. Even if it only pleases five people, those five people will no longer badmouth SL or go to the newspapers or “make waves.”

I would suggest that a petition be started asking LL to take action. Author the petition underscoring that Rosedale himself believes that Lauk’s Nest should be preserved and tie that dot with the fallout of the VAT announcement. If LL do nothing, well, that’s another loud message to which we ought to pay attention. Continue reading

Who will save Lauk’s Nest?

Perhaps my reflections on the history of my friendship with Lukas Mensing and my displeasure with Linden Lab’s handling of the European Value Added Tax notification got in the way of my message. So let’s be clear.

I’m deeply concerned that Lauk’s Nest will be lost. Forever.

Lauk’s Nest is a jewel among Second Life builds. Its historical value alone, let alone its inspirational value for today’s SL builders, makes its preservation an issue of importance to the Metaverse.

Someone, anyone….if you have the means and the desire to preserve a treasure of Second Life, please IM Lukas Mensing.

We can’t let Lauk’s Nest go away like so many other great builds.

10,000 page views

Quietly, this blog recorded its 10,000th page view yesterday.  Ten thousand.  Wow!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by to see what’s happening in the Second Life arts scene…and keep coming back!

Linden’s VAT bombshell hits the SL art world

Linden Lab’s European customers received an email in the last couple days telling them that their Second Life bills were going to be surcharged with the European Value Added Tax (VAT). No advance notice. No time to adapt/adjust.

Sadly, this sudden move hit the SL art world hard. But to tell you that story, I have to tell you another.

You see, there’s this place, Lauk’s Nest, that was created by one of SL’s visionaries, Laukosargas Svarog. Lauk’s Nest was Svarog’s effort to create an entire environment – an ecosystem – on an island in the Alviso sim. Unique vegetation, animal life….everything. All from Svarog’s vision.

Lauk’s Nest is a pretty popular place – even Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale liked it enough to show it off in his Rolling Stone interview:

Rosedale teleports to his favorite spot in-world. It’s an artificially intelligent island designed, he tells me, by a computer genius. There are birds. Weird animals. Vegetation growing on stems. This is what he always imagined Second Life would be.

“I’d like to see it get to a point where it’s all irreversible,” he says…

But like most of the great SL building minds, Svarog chose to move along. SL isn’t irreversable, and keeping any build – even one on the scale of Lauk’s Nest – around after the building stops gets…well…kinda boring. So Svarog put Lauk’s Nest on the market.

Enter Lukas Mensing.

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Buy an AM Radio wheatfield, help feed the hungry

AM Radio’s wheatfield build has grabbed a lot of deserved attention in SL art circles, and rightfully so!   If you haven’t seen his place, check this image out:

Just incredible work – immersive art at its finest.   Not surprisingly, the attention has built up some demand from the art collecting community; there just aren’t builds like this all over the grid.  In fact, I’ve never had an SL experience like this.

Thing is, AM Radio doesn’t really want the money.  So he took his simple wheatfield concept and chose a noble purpose – feeding the hungry through Heifer International:

There are 4 20x20m configurations – 1 plain, 1 with a rusted out 1932 Ford, 1 with a couple Shaker-style chairs and one with his popular train.  And ALL proceeds from this go to Heifer International.  I’ve never heard of this group, but its forward-thinking approach toward poverty and the environment is quite impressive – and they’re making this work all over the world (the REAL world…that RL thing).

Being a sucker for great art, I grabbed my field of wheat – the one with the 1932 Ford.  And I put it out on the Shepherd sim side of Oyster Bay:

What a treat.  I know I’m not shy about telling people to buy great works of SL art…but this one is truly special.  Not just because it’s great art, but also to support the power of the arts to do good in our real world.  Kudos to AM Radio for his good works!

Teleport over to his place!

“Reintroducing Second Arts Photography” recap

Honest, the best recap I’ve seen is at Isolde Flamand’s blog. She was the host of the event, which featured Jazz Calhern, Callipygian Christensen and Ty Ebisu. Over 60 people were in attendance over the course of the hour!

Of course, tons of photos were taken. Here are a few…starting with one by Daedalus Young:

Click on the thumbnails after the fold to see the full-size photos below, from Isolde Flamand, Jazz Calhern, Ty Ebiso and Seraphina Writer.

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