Matthew Anthony was inspired a few months ago to create a museum that would feature art that he had collected over the years in Second Life.
So much led up to the opening of the Radiant Cathedral and Art Museum. The formal opening was late afternoon, Saturday November 13th. His extraordinary cathedral serves as a museum, housing over 60 pieces of art inside the cathedral and throughout the expansive grounds that surround this palace of sort. You will discover paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and assortment of rare items.
He first saw the Cathedral at Relay For Life (RFL) this year and decided he couldn’t let it pass. He added, “I also couldn’t just keep it for myself so I decided it also wasn’t fair for me to keep all this art that I have had in my inventory, some since 2004, when most of it is either very limited or one of a kind. Matthew, as curator, has been working on finding pieces to supplement his inventory. Works date back to 2003. The process has taken about 3 1/2 months since RFL. He explained, “Honestly it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of some of my dear friends. Lukas Thetan and Filthy Fluno have both loaned pieces from their personal collections that are here.”
He noted that Phaylen Fairchild had provided constant support and encouragement, as well as donating the historic Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit from Second Life’s first interactive community event.
He added, with a smile, “This is something that I honestly wanted to do for the community of Second Life – so many things have changed lately, and I think we have lost our sense of culture. I hope that this will transport people back to when Second Life was a smaller, simpler place and show how we’ve grown over the years.”
The Patio is an outside space that will serve as an area with rotating exhibits featuring people who are either not known as artists or are still working on making a name for themselves. Phaylen is well known as a machinimatopher, but she also creates still art. The Patio is currently hosting a series of 13 mixed media portraits that Phaylen created – all based on Second Life photos, but the vast majority is done outside of the environment.
Among the 60 pieces featured was a stunning necklace, adorning the neck of a black mannequin, on the first floor. The piece is “entirely prims – there are no textures,” notes Matthew. “Random Calliope, the artist, believed only in using color, shine, and transparency.”
Speaking of prims, I overheard Matthew say to a visitor that the Cathedral itself is approximately 4,200. The opening gala was busy, and a steady stream of visitors continued through the night. Mark was very pleased. Radiant will stand as a reminder of some of Second Life’s great art works and talent back in the days. Visit: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Radiant/128/128/27