Austerlitz has all the charm of the 19th Century farmhouse in the fertile valley of the Green River;
Hudson is a picturesque village with a revitalized downtown and thriving (during the season!);
Athens is on the West Bank of the Hudson River, and is home to Athens Yards, a large complex with public event space and room to spread out;
The Automat. A Painting by Edward Hopper, and now a Virtual Installation for the public in Second Life™ by RJ Kikuchiyo, an award-winning VR designer. Here, RJ demos the beverages and food vending machines for an upcoming event.
The technology of the time allowed visitors to get a meal without interaction with the food preparation, very much predicting the science of food vending in the modern age. A coffee was a nickel. A sandwich, two nickels. In the age of Hopper, this was a refuge from the urban outdoors, a place of comfort, even if only for a short time.
Interestingly, this was a time when modern design was coming into view, forward-looking and fantastic. Perhaps this painting by Edward Hopper was a reaction to that cold steel and glass society. I embrace the humanity represented in the view, a single female patron, her emotion and her poise in the face of the new technology within which she finds herself surrounded.
“Linden Endowment for the Arts has granted RJ Kikuchiyo a 3-month residency in LEA2, where an “Open Studio” retrospective of work from 2006-2016 will be open to the public.
Also on site is the Bauhaus Museum and collected works by Steadman Kondor, of 1920s Berlin”
Visit the virtual reality location here
Linden Labs™, the makers of Second Life™, have recently awarded RJ Kikuchiyo a sim for 3 months as part of the Linden Endowment for the Arts program. I’ll be using this space as an ‘open studio’ kind of environment, accessing my inventory to exhibit virtual model environments from previous projects. I’m still sorting out what to do with the ground level, arranging a virtual city of lighthouses as a starting point. More to come and updates soon!