Daruma Picnics wonderful sculptures

Second Life is , next to many other definitions and descriptions, mainly art in itself and is about art. Graphic art in its purest form. To make the inhabitants of Second Life familiar with the more exceptional creations that are to be seen, I will explore the lands until its outskirts and serve the special things I found, here in this magazine .

Daruma3 It takes very talented and intelligent artists to create graphic art that is designed specially for Second Life. Or to say it differently: art within art. Daruma Picnic is one of the bright spirits who reinvented art for existence in Second Life. Art that is only meant for and can only exist in Second Life.

The first piece from his hand that I stumbled into by surprise, when I visited the Bibliotheque Francophone (Bibliotheque Francophone, Ebeoplex (47, 199, 124). “A cappella”, as the creation is called, looks like colored shields that are slightly transparent. The point is to walk through the shields like they were a field of corn. The result is a choir or angels like singing voices. They must be heard to be loved. And they will be loved, once they are heard.

Darumapicnic1 Triggered and excited as I felt by this remarkable artwork, I was very eager to meet the artist behind the creation and to learn more about his work. After some IM exchange, time zones are sometimes a pain, I finally met Daruma Picnic. Daruma works in an art-library in Chicago. Info island provides the location in Second Life. Daruma says: “I am part of a group “ArtsLib Group” that has agreed to curate and schedule shows at Info Island in a small parcel called Library Gallery, Info Island. Info Island has a small parcel which is used to showcase art. His avatar, that he designed himself, is as special as his work. He said about this creation: ”Yes the design is my own it is a felt tip drawing of a daruma.” A daruma is a Buddhist monk.

As soon as I entered the sim, he asked me to turn of the music, turn on the sounds and set the light to ‘midnight’. The teleport device in his beautiful garden took us to almost complete darkness. Almost, as in the black darkness turned up a group of round and colored spheres, hovering like soap bubbles. They looked like the ‘A Cappella’ that I saw in the Bibliotheque Francophone, but these were floating together and we were just in the middle of them. As soon as we moved, some beautiful music started to caress our ears and most of the elements started to move or change sizes. Remarkably and definitely brilliant.

The next spot we tele-ported to is Library Gallery, Info Island. this is the current exhibition by Adam Ramona which will be up until March 28th- this spot is I another garden and this one had a number of installations, all with the remarkable half-transparent forms and interactive. Every sculpture has a notecard-giver that supplies the visitor with instructions for and explanation about the work. The music that is used in the creations is composed by the Australian composer Adam Ramona (Adam Nash). All of these sound sculpture are interactive, meaning that your avatar triggers the sound and or movement in the pieces.

Darumapicnic2 One sculpture reminds of a clock and sounds when the spectator clicks the yellow ball on top, that drops another ball onto the wheels below it, that start to sound like a symphony from an distance planet. Another was in shape of an orange cube and gave dark male voices.

Anyone with a little piece of love for art in their hearts, should go and see,
but mostly adventure the art of Daruma Picnic.

For Librarians and people interested in Information and its potential in Second Life, please visit this url to familiarize yourself with Info Island http://infoisland.org/ “for artists.

Published before on 13 March 2008 in in-world magazine “Life Abroad Magazine” #1
Online also at: http://www.lifeheartbeat.com/magazine/

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