The Petrovsky Flux, the acclaimed self-creating, self-destroying steampunk sky city which existed in Second Life for nearly a decade in some form, is gone. (As is an earlier variation, the Bogon Flux.) Astute readers pointed that out in a post about the Flux last week, and co-creator Cutea Bennelli later confirmed this in a Facebook post.
The problem, as it usually is, was tier payments. For some five years, The Petrovsky Flux was hosted on a Second Life sim owned by the real life Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas. But the organization was no longer cover the virtual land bills:
"After five years the Spencer Museum of Art could no longer host the Petrovsky Flux, alas," says Stephen Goddard on Cutea's Facebook post, an artworker at the Spencer. "We were arrears in paying tier and the plug was yanked."
I'm seriously surprised Linden Lab didn't offer to forgive those costs or adopt the Flux itself, but maybe they still can. I've asked Cutea if she and blotto Epsilon would be willing to restore the Flux in a new form, if someone could cover the costs.
Meantime, SL landowners and sposnors: Anyone want to help bring a floating city back from the aether?