Farewell to The Quiet

SL is going to miss this wonderful space. There are few like it.

Does anyone want to try to set up something – a conservancy, perhaps – to save places like this? I’m serious. A core group of arts philanthropists, all donating tier, could do some incredible works in SL.
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Will AM Radio’s “The Quiet” go silent?

The Quiet by AM Radio, with Morris Vig participating

That’s what AmyFreeLunch is suggesting: 

AM Radio’s magnificent The Quiet – the artist’s most personal and, in my mind, important piece to date – is losing its home due to the impending price increase.  

If SL has anything resembling a cultural history (and I believe it does, and the need to preserve its history will become more and more important as we try and get this field to receive the credit and attention it deserves), then this piece is definitely right up there in the canon. Losing it would be devastating.

She’s so correct.

Amy then throws a question out to the masses – whether there might be a benefactor that could pick up the cost of hosting this build.  I don’t have enough to cover an entire sim – and I’m not sure one person would want to be the host of a project like this in perpetuity – but I have 1,920 square meters of leftover space before my tier goes up and would be pleased to donate that to a conservancy organized to preserve “The Quiet.”  

Anyone else want to step up?

[UPDATE: Apparently Princeton is dumping 4 artistic-themed sims.  It’s not entirely surprising, though.  I’ll refer you to the prior paragraph in this post: “…I’m not sure one person would want to be the host of a project like this in perpetuity…” – and this is why.  SL needs a core group of committed leaders on this issue, not the fickle generosity of a sugar daddy.]

The “Bay City Visions” RL book arrived!


And, if I may, this book is downright stunning.  The Oyster Bay book is a great historical tome, with over 700 SL photos across the 200 pages, but the Bay City Visions book is about the art…not photojournalism.

Blurb does an amazing job transferring the very high resolution SL images onto the printed page.  The book itself is an 10×8-inch landscape format, so the photos themselves are around 6 inches tall (accounting for margins, captions, etc.).  The glossy covers complement the matte pages quite well, too.  I hadn’t purchased a softcover book from Blurb before (my Oyster Bay copy is hardcover with slipjacket), and the quality of the covers and the binding lead me to think that it’s very acceptable as a coffee table-quality edition.  

Here are a few RL photos of my copy…

46 pages of top-quality Second Life photography by 24 creative minds, all themed around the SL experiment that is Bay City.  The softcover edition is $24.95+shipping, hardcover with slipcover is $35.95+shipping and hardcover with imagewrap (imagine a hardcover book with the cover images printed onto the hardcover itself) is $37.95+shipping.  

Oh yeah, I’m not taking a dime in profit from this publication.  Don’t think that I’m hyping to line my pocket.  I’m darned proud to have done this project and want to share the incredible feeling of holding SL images in real life with you.  

And, yes, there will be more such projects to come in the future!