The Spirit and the Flesh

There are a lot of stories yet to be told about the creative history of the metaverse, about all those sparkling ripples that formed the tsunami of artistic endeavor over the past several years, in every corner of Second Life. Great works appear, great works disappear beneath the waves, leaving nothing behind but some dazzling memories and a few photographs.

One of those stories will be the history of a sim called Cetus – once an eminent arts district launched by Xander Ruttan of Ruttan Gallery fame (where I had my first SL exhibit, btw), later to become a vast wonderland for the experimental architecture of DB Bailey and friends. DB is well known in both worlds for his visionary designs and builds, as well as for his pioneering use of immersive virtual worlds for architectural design and testing.

But, though all things must pass, not all things pass in such colorful and flamboyant ways as this one will. In a finale perfectly in keeping with the explosion of creativity that the sim is known for, DB has decided to host what he refers to as the “Bonfire of the Inventories”, a metaphorical conflagration which¬† will be second only to the “real” one at Burning Life. As DB puts it,

“Sometimes in order to move on to new realms, one has to clean out the attic. Sometimes a good old bonfire is the best solution. So DB Bailey’s inventory high above CETUS is in flames. Soon to be gone forever. Amongst these artifacts are forgotten works by such artists as Patch Thibaud, Chrome Underwood, Keystone Brouchard, Eshi Otawara, Nomad Molly Nostrum.

You are invited to come visit the conflagration and final days of CETUS. The fire will rage through mid-March, at which time the history of CETUS will come to an end. And DB Bailey will start afresh with a whole new box of toys.”

Stop by and catch a glimpse of some of that collective creative genius while it is still visible above the waves. An example of that genius is the altar of Patch Thibaud‘s Church of St. Briers, a soaring cathedral where angels hover above the luminous (and voluminous) figure known as Grand Odalisque, by RightAsRain Rimbaud.

Seen standing reverently before the sleeping beauty in the photo above are, from left to right, The Chromester, Patch Thibaud and DB Bailey.

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