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Revisiting Oceania Planetary Park

Oceania Planetary Walk Poster

Kimika Ying first introduced us to her dream, brought alive in virtual reality, thusly:

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space…” – Douglas Adams

In November and December of 2013, the Linden Endowment for the Arts* granted Kimika a sim on which to bring her vision to life.  Her walking tour of the solar system, set in a natural-feeling island park, created an opportunity for a fun and educational romp. I enjoyed the tour quite a number of times, mostly in the company of friends. While the exhibit is now gone, the good memories linger.

But perhaps you missed it – or just want to remember. Now, you can stretch out beneath the stars and enjoy a small sampling of Oceania Planetary Park, at the Mary Read-ing Room, adjacent to the Mary Read Stealing er I mean Lending Library (yes that is the library’s full name. As the grid’s only pirate library, I think the name suits.)

You’ll need to wear climbing shoes for your visit. The Oceania exhibit is on the topmost floor of the reading room, on purpose. You’ll be closer to the stars and planets that way. Follow the reading room’s stairs and ladders ever upwards. Your reward will be a cloud-soft sofa to sink into, where you can relax and enjoy your experience. I recommend setting your viewer to midnight and finding a comfortable pose on the couch or pouf.  Look around the wooden deck for a book. It contains all the original notes from the LEA exhibit, which were embedded in information posts along the trails.

The slide show exhibit is filled with photographs taken by Erehwon Yoshikawa. Poke the arrows under the photographs to move the picture slides forward or backward.

There’s a wee sparkly-thing perched on the railing. Feel free to take a copy of “Starry Starry Light” as a memento of your visit.

Oceania Planetary Park
Kimika’s project blog, including video tours, pictures,
and Kimika’s thoughts on the project.


Furnishing Credits

Sway’s [Cloud 9] Sofa with Star Pillows and Star Pouf

Book of Shadows (filled with exhibit note cards)
Arcana Antiques and Oddities

*The Linden Endowment for the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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