15 October 2012

Maps of Second Life

I've always been a sucker for maps. My parents collected maps, and, being the nerdy kid I was, I remember enjoying reading things like atlases (for real). So of course on learning about the exhibition Maps of Second Life at the New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery, curated by Juliana Lethdetter, I promptly headed over to take a look. It's a modest but remarkably comprehensive exhibition, and I tremendously enjoyed it.

If you've never seen maps of Second Life from way way back—by which I mean 2002 and 2003, when Second Life started out with all of 16 regions—then you owe it to yourself to see these maps of the infant grid. You'll learn a lot about Second Life history and the growth of the world. But this exhibition isn't just maps of the grid—it features a section on the legendary explorer Magellan Linden (about whom I've blogged), a historic map of the Forest of Kahruvel, maps of Bay City, the Steamlands, Nautilus and the Blake Sea, Zindra, and some curious historic maps such as one by Jack Linden. Be sure to see the map of the Second Life Railroad that's located outside on north face of the lighthouse gallery.