I spent the afternoon in Second Life© with Igor Ballyhoo. We were taking a last look at his exhibit Cyber Orthodox, sponsored by Linden Endowment for the Arts on LEA 6, which closes today. The work is large and dark, made up of exquisite details, just like his older builds. The photo above is of the statue Titan. This is the first major exhibit by Igor since he returned to Second Life several years ago after a brief hiatus. I am so happy to see his beautiful work available to the public again since I know he mostly prefers to show his art in private. On a more somber note, Igor also revealed to me that the University of Texas (UTSA) sims have finally closed. UTSA sponsored works by Igor Ballyhoo (and Rebeca Bashly) for years, but now some of his major works, like Snow Crash and Forest of Scissors, will no longer be seen in Second Life. For those of you who have never seen these installations, let me tell you, they were nothing short of magnificent. I have included a machinima by Osprey Therian of Igor Ballyhoo’s Forest of Scissors.
Photography by Kate Bergdorf