So I should be really happy about the 20 sims the LEA provides to artists, right? Well, honestly I have very mixed feelings about the LEA sims. On the one hand I think its great Linden Lab is providing the land and letting a group of people who are not Lab employees manage the content. On the other hand as someone who pays tier and hosts art exhibits I have to admit I feel like an idiot paying a lot of money for something LL is giving away for free. I probably should have my head examined as the saying goes.
And yes, this issue contributed to my need for a break from SL. The LEA kind of took the wind out of my sails, you know? My art partners and I talked about it a lot. We considered giving up our sim but decided to keep going with something we love. Still, every few days I still think to myself "why am I paying tier again?" Zachh Cale is a more patient and hard working person than I am and when the November deadline for proposals to the LEA rolled around he put in a proposal to curate one of the sims. And the LEA board, in their wisdom, gave Zachh a sim.
I think I am going to use the LEA sims as blog fodder and spend some time looking at what your tier is buying you because let's not kid ourselves. Nothing is free in this world and your tier and my tier and every one's tier is used to fund these 20 sims. So, stop number one on our trip? LEA 17 - curated by my dear friend Zachh. He invited Yooma Mayo to build the fantastically detailed over sized prim bugs for which he is known. I took the images in this post at the Grand Opening of Yooma's "Under the Sky" exhibit on Friday night.
I love this exhibit! Its beautiful and playful and well worth your time, as long as you are not scared of bugs several times the size of your own body. To go see Yooma's work search for LEA on your map then scroll down to LEA17 and teleport. You will land right in the middle of this lovely build. Or follow this SLurl to Yooma Mayo at LEA. Enjoy!