Monday, November 30, 2009

UWA 3D Art & Design Comp - People's Choice Award Voting On NOW!

The November People's Choice board is up - so come on over and vote for your favourite of the 58 (yes 58!) entries we have had in the imagine Challenge this month. Make sure you have a good look at each and every one of the Imagine entries and check out the Flagship builds via the TPs on the platform next to the landing area.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Very Aussie Christmas

At UWA we wanted to celebrate Christmas Aussie style with a Very Aussie Christmas Competition, so we asked builders to enter Aussie themed items that would be found at an Aussie Christmas celebration. Given the short notice - we have had some stunning responses.

One such entry was by Dusty Canning - a very Aussie Back Yard Christmas display...
I'll let Dusty explain in her own words...

I'm thinking that this Christmas Display does not need to be described to any Aussie or even any overseas tourist who has spent a Christmas in Australia before.

To those people who have not been lucky enough to share our festive season i'll very briefly explain the scene.

Christmas day and the holiday period surrounding it is the opportunity for Australians to relax and do what they like doing best. The little scene I have created is a small plug out of a typical Aussie back yard.

In the land of plenty this little scene has all that a man, woman or child could ever wish for.

On Christmas day the decorations are attached before the meal and during the first or second beer and as you have probably noticed they are very colourful and fancy and really set the festive atmosphere.

Of course we have lovely hot sunny days and we only need a few chairs to sit back in, the pool to cool down in and the BBQ to grill the meat. We understand the need to remain hydrated so the esky keeps the beer and wine cold while we pick at the salad and wait for the meat to be ready.

We don't need to tax our brains with meaningless conversation because we have the cricket on the telly to entertain us.

The mosquitoes (or mozzies as they are called here) are kept away by the pungent aroma of the burning mozzie coil and by placing a garbage bin in close proximity the flies will be attracted to it and won't bother us one little bit.

After the main meal we traditionally eat Pavlova and follow that with more drinks and the opening of the long awaited presents.
The rest of the afternoon is spent watching the cricket which fortunately goes right through until dinner time.

With the cricket finally over for the day we then have family bonding time when we talk to each other and collect the lunch time leftovers to be sorted through for dinner. Because it's summer and it never rains we are able to leave everything in the back yard to be cleaned up the following day after a nice long sleep and half a dozen Baroccas.

We love our country and out quaint customs and love to be so far from the rest of the world so we can keep our unique rituals to ourselves.

Please share and enjoy and have a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.


The following is the text from the Very Aussie Christmas Competition notecard and the entries can be viewed at the Very Aussie Christmas Beach:

At UWA we are going to celebrate a
but to decorate this beach Aussie style
we need the help of all the Aussie
builders, designers and artists in sl.
And this means you!
We have L$4,000 in prize money
(Thanks to MidnightRain Glas, JayJay Zifanwe and Artfox Daviau)
1st Prize L$2000
2nd Prize L$1000
2 Honary mentions L$500 each

What are we looking for?
Anything to do with Christmas in Australia...
  • Aussie inspired Christmas decorations (animals, plants/flowers, items)
  • Aussie Christmas foods (what is the traditional aussie christmas faire?)
  • Aussie Christmas activities (please remember this is PG rated - so only what the kids might get up to;)
  • Historical Aussie Christmas - stuff from the past that was Aussie and out/used at Christmas time.
  • Aussie inspired street/house decorations (and we don't mean yet more baubles, stars and snowflake shapes!)

It doesn't need to be new and specifically for this - we would simply like to showcase our great Aussie Christmas culture....

Please drop items on quadrapop Lane before the 30th November (this deadline is not firm - you have a few more days :) - include a notecard with a description of the entry and any LMs or info on your other work you think appropriate.

Winners will be announced close to Christmas day, at a big pre-Christmas party thrown on the UWA sim! Looks like the party will be on 22nd December at an Aussie friendly time :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dusty's Diorama

The latest addition to the University of WA's landing point is not physically big... but it packs a lot into a small space. Dusty's Diorama has comeout of weeks of building, late nights and much hair pulling... but the results are stunning.

This diorama is a grown up version of the 100 prim train set Dusty entered in the November Imagine Challenge. As Dusty says in her accompanying notecard:
"This exhibit is the result of an addiction I developed to miniature model building after completing my entry for the November 3D Competition. This work is an extension of that entry but far beyond the prim limits of the Competition. I must again thank Jayjay for agreeing to exhibit this project as a non entry display."

Take the time to really look closely at this piece*, there is a lot there to see. (Dusty even made Quadrapop an biplane in hir signature cobalt blue, and look out for M Linden when you visit the Black Stump Station...)

If you take a copy of the notecard from the sign it includes the following list of 15 things Dusty suggests you look for or find out. Happy hunting!

1. Where would you find a beer in Black Stump?
2. What is the giant noob holding in his right hand?
3. Who's the most wanted man in Black Stump?
4. Do the planes ever collide?
5. How many rotations before the trains collide?
6. Is the windmill actually pumping water?
7. How much does quadrapop charge to hire hir plane for an hour?
8. Why does the sun rotate around Black Stump instead of over it?
9. Who is Black Stump's glamour pin-up boy?
10. Who plays the coolest Blues in Australia?
11. Is it safe to light a fire at Black Stump today?
12. Where wouldn't you go to learn to fly?
13. What makes being very small OK?
14. How long does it take for a tree in Black Stump to re-generate after a bushfire?
15. Is the Australian Air Force flying mannouvres or just mucking about?

* To "cam" in ctrl-alt-mouse click and drag/scroll to zoom in or out on the build. Pressing esc a few times will bring you back to the deafult view if you get lost.

The Black Stump Station

There is a map teleport to the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge above Dusty's sign - touch to bring up the map then teleport into the Imagine and Flagship Challenges.

Bloggers have already posted about this display - a measure of the excitement its rezzing has caused.
Miso Susanova, and soror Nishi mentions the November Imagine entry in her posting for the Koinup blog.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Entries to the UWA 3D Art & Design Competition getting blogged!

Dusty Canning's remarkable miniature train display, 'Letting Off Steam', an entry to the November round of the UWA 3D Art & Design competition has been featured in the Koinup Blog written by the master SL blogger soror Nishi.

Bocan Undercroft's masterfully crafted 'Worship of Trees, features in Juanita Deharo's Virtual Treeline blogspot

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November Imagine & Flagship entries on Koinup

Images of each of the November entries in the UWA 3D Art & Design Imagine and Flagship Challenges have been uploaded to UWAinSL on Koinup

The judging of the November round of the Challenges will take place in the first few days of December and the November monthly winners will be announced at the regular Announcement Party at 5am on 6th December at the UWA Art & Design Platform.

50++ entries for NOV - UWA 3D Art & Design Comp

Check out the 50++ entries by SL's best for the NOV round of the UWA 3D Art & Design competition!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Visit to UWA by M Linden - CEO of Linden Labs

UWA are very honoured to have been visited by M Linden, CEO of Linden labs last night (Western Australia time).

Doubly so because of his twitter tweet:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

UWA 3D Art & Design - November round calling for entries!

Some fantastic artworks already submitted for the November round of the $L75,000 UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge! See the works of Oberon Onmura, Misprint Thursday, Sabine Stonebender, Ninka Darkstone, Sabrina Nightfire, Goose Wycliffe, Penelope Parx, isaa gelber, Miso Susanowa, Mitch Chelman and a host of others!


Please do submit your entries. November round is open till the 30th of November.

Monday, November 9, 2009

In the running....

This post will be updated and referenced each month - here wil be recorded the artists and works in the running for the Grand Prizes in the UWA 3d Art & Design Imagine & Flagship Challenges.

October 2009
1st Prize
Bryn Oh

2nd Prize
Snubnose Genopeak

Best Non-Scripted
Ichiko Miles
Concentric Shells

1st Flagship Prize
Nyx Breen
Sci-Fi Gallery

2nd Flagship Prize
Dusty Canning
Art Gallery

September 2009
1st Prize
Snubnose Genopeak
Souls Collide

2nd Prize
Alizarin Goldflake
The Maze

Best Non-Scripted
isaa Gelber
The Unknown Race

Flagship Prize
Moth Rexen
Arcapelus Sanctuary

The October Winners Are....

1st Prize:
Willow by Bryn Oh

2nd Prize:
Holophrasis by Snubnose Genopeak
Best Non-Scripted Entry:
Concentric Shells by Ichiko Miles

Honourable Mention (Emotion):
In Uterus/Pregnant First Record by Silene Christen

Honourable Mention (Harmony):
Living in Syn by Maya Paris

Honourable Mention (Immersion & Application):
Come Go With Me by Alizarin Goldflake

Honourable Mention (Hidden Wonder):
Beauty/Beast by Feathers Boa

People's Choice award:
Drill by Ginger Grut

1st Prize:
Sci-Fi Gallery by Nyx Breen

2nd Prize:
Art Gallery by Dusty Canning

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and huge Thank You to all those who entered during October... the 3D Art & Design Challenge would be nothing without all the amazing artists who are entering each month. We already have over 15 entries in for Novemeber and these will be migrating onto the main platform over the next few days. Please drop in to the UWA Art & Design Platform and explore the wonders for November.
Closing date for November entries is 30 November.
The November Winners Announcement Party will be in early December.

Friday, November 6, 2009

2nd Repeat of Special UWA Tour - How the SIM formed, Teaching, REsearch, Art

Sunday 12.01am SL Time (4pm Perth, WA, Australia time) @

There will be a second repeat of the special tour of the UWA sims that covers the history of 3D works at UWA, how the UWA simns came into being, ley moments in development, as well at how teaching and research is conducted. This repeat is being conducted to accomodate a request from a New Zealand Educators Group

The tour will conclude with a stop at the UWA 3D Art & Design Display platform, which displays some stunning artworks by some of SL's best artists!

Jokaydia's EDUMEET is the original event that is being replicated

slurl to the starting point of the tour

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Repeat of Special UWA Tour - How the Sim Formed, Teaching, Research , Art

Wednesday 12.01am SL Time (4pm Perth, WA, Australia time)

There will be a repeat of the special tour of the UWA sims that covers the history of 3D works at UWA, how the UWA simns came into being, ley moments in development, as well at how teaching and research is conducted. This repeat is being conducted to accomodate a request from the University of New England.

The tour will conclude with a stop at the UWA 3D Art & Design Display platform, which displays some stunning artworks by some of SL's best artists!

Jokaydia was the original event that we will be replicating

Do check out Matt Jilley's fabulous You Tube on the sims.

November Entries Open & Another Prize Announced!

November entries have already started streaming in, the early ones will be displayed temporarily on the upper platform - take the rainbow tunnel up from the lounge area next to the Art & Design landing pavillion.

The October winners will be announced 5am SLT Sunday 8th November at the UWA Art & Design Platform on UWA sim. You have until then to cast your vote in the People's Choice Award for the October Imagine entries (there are 39 entries to choose from!). The voting panel is next to the Imagine entrance. The People's Choice Award winner will receive L$500 at the October Winners Announcement Party.


FOR NOVEMBER ONLY at the moment, an Artist Book Prize is being awarded. Juanita Deharo who owns Second Edition group is offering a L$2000 prize for an 'artist book' .

"An 'artists book' is an artwork in a book format, or an artwork which has its origin in the form or concept of the book."

You can interpret this in any way you want. The works will be judged by a panel from Second Edition group. This prize may be ongoing. Method of entry will be the same as for the IMAGINE & FLAGSHIP Challenges.

We are looking forward to seeing what this special prize will bring in the way of entries... please tell all your book mad friends about this opportunity.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Introducing the UWA 3d A&D People's Choice Award

Introducing the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge People's Choice Award voting panel - going live on 1st November.

EDIT: Please note this Award is in ADDITION to the current panel judged prizes and is meant to be a fun way to be involved - if people start TPing in their entire friends list we will review the existence of this People's Choice.

Come to the Art & Design Challenge landing point and cast your vote for your favourite entry this month. You register your vote by touching the image of the work you like best - one vote per person please. If you vote more than once all your votes will be discounted.
This voting panel will go up each month for the days between the closing of the month's entries and the announcement of the winners.

The People's Choice winner will receive a L$500 prize at the winners' announcement party - this month is on Sunday November 8th at 5am SLT at the UWA 3d Art & Design display platform.

So come cast your vote and see the amazing variety of stunningly creative works submitted this month.

While you are there hop over to the Flagship building challenge platform and check out the 10, yes ten!, entries we got this month. Six of the builds are available via the TP panels on the main Flaghship platform.