June 17th, 2012 by Marianne McCann
Bay City is proud to play a part in Second Life’s 9th birthday, or SL9B. To that end, we have erected a large pavilion and plaza that welcomes to weary SL9B traveller to learn about our area, or just relax in a pretty, park-like setting.
The pavilion itself is based on a rescaled version of the National Dairy Products building from the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, as a nod to the Bay City theme, “the American urban experience, between 1940 and 1965, perhaps best typified by Chicago circa 1950 and marked by a distinct deco influence.” For some, the streamlined shapes of the building may evoke the sails of boats such as those at the New Port Yacht Club.
Inside, you’ll find several things. Well well as a spacious area for relaxing indoors out of the sun, you’ll find several freebies – including goodies for celebrating the party – as well as information boards detailing the history and culture of Bay City, and even an interactive map of the city.
At night, this white building is awash in blue and red, mimicking its first life counterpart. The projected lighting is best seen using the advanced lighting and shadows in the newer SL and third party viewers. Your experience is not cheapened without this, but is enhanced with it.
The plaza leading up to the building is a typical city park type area, largely paved, with neatly trimmed hedges, park benches, and other amenities. Banners, provided largely by Residents of Bay City, frame the area, showing some of the places and events that exist in our borders.
Leading into the plaza is a photo of some of our Residents, welcoming you to our build and to SL9B. Balloons also encircle the area, providing a festive atmosphere.
During the day, the plaza is home to many birds of the city, and you may just hear the siren’s song of the bustling city in the distance.
We will be hosting some parties and other events here during the week. Please feel free to check in with us over the course of the event.