As I was exploring around Second Life, I came across a stunning exhibit being held at Split Screen which features futuristic buildings with golden dragons scattered throughout. The display was intriguing as I walked around admiring the exhibit. The details on the dragons are amazing along with the floor featuring images from old maps. When you arrive at the landing, Alpha Auer offers a free gift featuring a free avatar which you’re welcome to wear as you explore the Dragon Exhibit.
Alpha describes the thoughts to the exhibit…When Medieval and Renaissance map makers got to the edge of the world, they used to write “beyond this place there be dragons,” meaning dangerous or unexplored territories that sailors should beware of before attempting to cross into them. This was expressed by the visual practice of putting dragons, sea serpents and other mythological creatures in uncharted areas of maps. In this installation I have used a Renaissance map, a leaf from Abraham Ortelius’s “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” as the floor of a dark, geometric architecture which floats high in the sky, depicting an abstract, reflected world guarded by tangibly real-looking dragons.
Dragons have always been with us, although we have come to deny their existence and their potency. G. K. Chesterton, who was also called ‘the prince of paradox,’ has noted that “the objection to fairy stories is that they tell children there are dragons.” But then, according to Chesterton, “children have always known there are dragons. Fairy stories tell children that dragons can be killed…  Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
Come see “From Here On There Be Dragons” by Alpha Auer, one of the most distinctive artists in Second Life! Exhibit held at Split Screen Installation Space until Jan. 31. Very much worth checking this out!
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