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Monday, September 17, 2012

Linden Endowment Of The Arts Features Mary Wickentower’s, ‘Cinema!’ – Jaded Exonar Reporting...

The new art installation supported by ‘Linden Endowment Of The Arts’, is a sim wide piece by Mary Wickentower. Using her extensive background in design, she has created an elegant and nostalgic window into the past....


[1]Linden Endowment Of The Arts (LEA), has long sponsored and promoted artists within Second Life, with their latest artist in residence bringing us all the luxury and refinement of years gone by. Set in the mid 20th Century, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the bright lights adding a sense of excitement and anticipation as the panoramic views of, ‘Cinema!’ surround and enthral. The ornate theatres showcase films from the best machinima in Second Life - Each has been designed with unique character and style, watching over the vintage gas station and diner as they slumber in the California landscape of old.

As I walked around soaking up the atmosphere, I couldn’t help but wonder at the stark contrast of today. We live in a time where Cinemas are high tech, stark and often cold by comparison. But here, I want to reach out and feel the rich fabrics, to drink in the vibrant colours, to savour the excitement of this exquisite ambience; this memory of a past that was never my own, but one that I suddenly long for. As with all art, everyone will take away their own individual experiences and emotions about Mary’s piece. As for me, I have been left with a warm, if not slightly borrowed, memory of yesteryear.

Contributors to ‘Cinema!’ -
Empire Movie Palace by Khan Omizu
As you enter the main lobby, the true extravagance of this theatre reveals itself. Richly carpeted, and accented with black marble and mahogany, the Empire Movie Palace is a reminder of quality and comfort. It represents the image I conjure up when thinking of the plush theatres of the 40’s.

La Paloma Theatre by Hideo Inaka
La Paloma is small yet sophisticated, with an animated ticket booth and moths dancing about the vintage streetlights, it was awarded second place in ‘The Fall 2011 Virtual Museum Of Architecture Build-Off’. I adore the attention to detail, especially the art deco styling.

Drive-in Screen by Ethos Erlanger
The huge Drive-in screen was donated by Ethos Erlanger, a builder in Second Life since 2006, and is perched overlooking a selection of vintage cars – Perfect for catching a movie the old fashioned way!

[1] - The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community.

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