Petrovsky flux by Cutea Benelli and Blotto Epsilon
A great example of organic architecture is the Petrovsky flux built by Cutea Benelli and Blotto Epsilon. This installation is hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas (http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/) on their art sim. I really like the idea of mainstream galleries broadening their collections and their expositions beyond their physical spaces and web sites. As many of us know, Second Life lends itself so well to immersive and interactive installations and is a great way to enhance visitors’ and patrons’ museum experiences. Other more recent crossovers include “Extract/Insert” at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry, UK (http://lindenarts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/invade-real-life-at-insertextract-this.html).
Many of you will know Cutea Benelli for her quirky and frequently disturbing creations available from her store Grimm Brothers (https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/38?id=38). I have interacted with Cutea’s work frequently through Prim Perfect and they have proven to be excellent accessories and props for various photographic and design endeavours. I was unfamiliar with Blotto Epsilon before visiting but understand that one of his previous builds was a similar organic creation entitled the Bogon flux.
The Petrovsky Flux, as noted on the Spencer’s web page, is named for Russian mathematician Ivan Petrovsky. As its name suggests, and as will become apparent from the moment you arrive, the build is ALWAYS in flux. The randomness of its building and destruction is actually rather fun to watch, and perhaps even a bit hypnotic. Cutea’s touches are ever present from flying sheep, spring-loaded easy chairs, roaming flowers and the “all ears pavilion.” As it is ever changing the flux also proves to be a challenge to explore. If you get tired, just hop into one of those easy chairs and enjoy a random tour through around the sim.
Be sure to grab a “noggin protector” when you arrive as you are quite likely to get bombarded from the ever changing and frequently collapsing flux. Read more about this installation at the Spencer Art Museum web site at http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/exhibitions/secondlife.shtml. Visit in-world at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Spencer%20Art%20Museum/57/36/21.
More of my photos of the flux may be found on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pj_trenton/sets/72157632487937311/.