Cara’s Crab Shack at SL19B

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLB%20Fantasy/101/62/24

The Second Life Birthday Exhibition, SL19B, runs from June 16th to July 5th. Botanica has not entered an exhibit since 2013 and of course we had to include a hunt! Liz and I brainstormed. Our starter seed was the Octopus’s Garden from the Mielville Steam Hunt but the lot was twice its size. We wanted the exhibit to be interactive fun, incorporating the new buffet from the Sea Food and Eat It restaurant. Liz lobbied hard for a bathysphere. We went for expedient. The North Pole Hot Chocolate Stand fit the bill but needed a face lift. The plan was to fill the plaza with some steampunk tables, flowers and a fountain and viola we would be ready!

Before

and

After

Renovation!

The exhibit was made in the workshop before building on site opened and the idea was to just drop it and be done.

Second Life is all about residents creating their own world. SL19B celebrates that. Some of the exhibits are mind-blowing-breathtaking (the “Last Stop by Rapa” exhibit on SLB Breathtaking is well worth a visit!) Somethings are clearly created and imported from modeling packages by skilled graphic artists and some are made by residents who use the basic SL building blocks in world to create and share their vison. It’s not a building competition; it’s about imagination and the joy of creation.

Once we got there we started to get out own visons. Our exhibit needed more Steam! The exhibit took 2 more weeks of building.

Our Flower bill went from 9 Land Impact to 85 Land Impact by changing-up to 3D mesh flowers. Fortunately we had the prims to spare. This is why I still make panel form flowers for the people on homesteads squeezed for prims.

The Octopus’s Garden went from this…

…to this

Lowering it to sea level to make a water garden floating on gears and making new worn brick arches.

The plaza went from pure pavement to a checker board of pavement and glass panels that allowed a glimpse of the sea below. Which meant we had to build a water world!

Liz got her bathysphere!

Fully functional XeoLife Bathysphere Bathroom with diaper changing station!

We weren’t sure we could add a hunt but found we had a day and half left to the building cut-off deadline. We even had time to make a souvenir flying hot air balloon for the grand prize and a T-Shirt everyone will be just itching to have!

Can’t wait until it opens and you can join us on June 16th.

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A virtual gardener in second life exploring its educational potential.
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