June 26th, 2011 by Marianne McCann
Now that I’ve discussed some general feelings, I want to introduce my own parts of SL8B
With the passing of BlueGin Yifu last year, the task of doing a birthday build representing the Bay City Alliance ended up in my lap. I wanted to do something that would serve both as a memorial to some of her ideals, while also fitting Bay City’s theme and attitude.
First and foremost, I wanted it to be a largely open space. BlueGin was very particular about this, pushing for an open air meeting space, and doing an open air build for SL7B. While it was important o reflect the urban nature of Bay city, I also wanted to have trees and fountains, both things that were highlights of her own spaces.
Carrying the Bay City, mid-century theme, as well as a metaphor of the SL birthday events being akin to a “World’s Fair,” I dug up images from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. For the main parts of my inspiration, I looked at the circular entranceway and tall uprights of the Gas Exhibits building, the rotunda atop the League of Nations building, and the color and spire of the Electrical Products building. The fountain was further inspired by numerous fountains at the 1939 and 1964 fairs.
I produced a simple machinima for the interior of the rotunda, focusing on what makes bay city so magical, and asked residents to offer both quotes and banners to decorate the building. There are also a few whimsical and hidden touches throughout, as well as a retractable dance floor on the second floor where we held a couple parties featuring Marx Dudek and Holocluck Henly’s DJ talents.
Overall, I’ve every pleased with the way the build came out. You can find it at SL8B Exhilarate, near the “entrance” to the birthday event.
Keeping with my roots in birthday builds, I also did work on the Second Life Children build. The concept and much of the execution was Pygar Bu’s, but I did provide textures, a notecard, some scripting help, and a few other odds and ends.
A whimsical build featuring a giant, walk-in jello mold, it carries a lot of the themes of previous SLC builds, focusing on fun as well as stories related to why people play kids, and what they do while here. It can be found in SL8B Spellbound.
Both will be available through the 2nd of July.