One of the things that I love most of all about Second Life is how the artists and content creators in-world unite to use our virtual space to create items that aren’t just beautiful to look at, but that also have an inherent purpose and meaning.
There’s an event that is just about to start that I implore you to see if you care in any way about this beautiful green and blue planet that we call home. We’re all aware of the environmental impact that our actions as a race are causing to the world, indeed sometimes it feels like the Human race is just a parasite draining the world of all that is beautiful and good and just leaving behind a trail of destruction in it’s wake. It almost makes you ashamed to exist. When I see what a mess we are causing and leaving for future generations to deal with it often makes me despair.
Of course, I try to do my bit, but I’m only a speck of dust on the surface and we ALL have to take action to alleviate what sadly seems to be inevitable. Make no mistake, if we don’t do something soon we’re fucked..and one of the most catastophic illustrations of this is the plight of the Polar Bear and the melting of the Polar ice caps. Now, you may be one of those people who is sick of having enviromentalism shoved down your throat and think it’s been blown out of proportion; although we know that CO2 is causing a myriad of problems, we don’t know if it is exacerbating a steady decline that would occur naturally anyway, but what does that matter when we do know for certain that we are making a negative contribution and adding to the steady rise in greenhouse gases which are causing irreversible damage. What a legacy that we leave in our wake, especially for these guys.
‘Melt’ is all about transmitting a message that Radio Signals presented to 25 artists in Second Life. She wanted them to create art that conceptualised the plight of the Polar Bear and the Arctic. She asked them to demonstrate through their works culpability and corporate greed, and the inevitable consequences of these combined actions: extinction.
Radio has said herself that the work that her respondents has produced is breathtaking and has exceeded her expectations,and having had the pleasure of seeing this installation myself first hand I can tell you that she is completely correct.