Imagine a major conceptual artist commissioning a recreation of her work in Second Life -- it's easy if you try. Just announced via her Twitter feed, Yoko Ono has commissioned a version of her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on an island of the same name in SL. Like the real version in Iceland, it depicts a beam of light shooting into the heavens. It will be unveiled this Friday, October 9th, to honor the birthday of her late husband, John Lennon, for whom the edifice is dedicated. Here's all the details on Yoko Ono's official site.
The project came about, according to Role Magazine, after metaverse development team Herzog Brenham built a recreation on their own, emailed screenshots of it to Ono, only expecting perhaps they might be featured on her site. Instead, Ono introduced Brenham to the creators of the real world tower, to trade notes and start a sanctioned version, and the project proceeded from there. That Ms. Ono approved this extension of her work into a virtual world isn't entirely surprising; only a few months ago, she had an active hand in the final development of the epic videogame Beatles: Rock Band. For Second Life, however, this is almost certainly the most prominent SL installation sanctioned by a major world-class artist, eclipsing Brian Eno's painting tour from 2007 and Chris Marker's occasional dabbling. I thrill to see what other artists will do with Ms. Oko's inspiration.
Hat tip: Leeza Catteneo and Delinda Dryssen. Image credit: Yoko Ono.