Monday, January 20, 2014

Looking Through the Paper Observatory

Having seen the pictures from both Honour McMillan and Inara Pey, I had to visit the Paper Observatory myself. A temporary build on one of the Linden Endowment for the Arts sims, this build by Haveit Neox will eventually replace a build on his own sim, called the Paper Tower. Neox, in a notecard on the sim, writes:
The inspiration and initial model for this project is the 4 year old Paper Tower on the sim ACC Alpha, this tower being a giant structure in the center of my sim which harbors the visitor center and galleries. 
The new Paper Observatory on the LEA21 sim hovers above an ample arena. The city leading up to this build is concentric; rooftops conforming into one large sweep of concavity, suggests a satellite dish. The human activities displayed in the streets and the main square reflect on superstitious times before science’s tenet of universal proof, before disease was known to be microbial or before the earth was discovered to be round. In the sky, the Observatory catches the sunlight. This is Second Life, and we can flap our way up to the building’s landing. Requiring flight into the Observatory is an intended motion which I equate with the turning of a page in a book. The walls are of paper since this structure, as its predecessor, is my version of a book. During the month of January, I will continue to refine the textures and the shapes. The deconstruction motif at the base of the structure reflects directly onto the Paper Tower’s story, whose exposed girder skeleton belies questions of permanence.

As the Paper Tower is dedicated to arts, the Observatory will be connected to science and therefore be a venue where one could gather information and get in touch with thought provoking theories.
Paper Observatory 004
The Observatory from afar

Paper Observatory 001
People glide through the city...

Paper Observatory 002
…engaged in a variety of activities

Paper Observatory 005
Inside the Observatory

Paper Observatory 007

Miss Pey notes:
As the Paper Observatory will be under development and enhancement throughout the month, this is an installation one may well want to re-visit at least a few times to more fully get its entire measure. The completed build will be installed on ACC Alpha on Thursday April 10th, 2014, the fourth anniversary of the founding of the original Paper Tower.
A fascinating place.

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