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The Guggenheim Wall Ring Improved

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on July 5, 2010

The Guggenehim Wall Ring - Improved

Better than flat now, this ring is made of 24 prims

This ring shows how I would combine multiple sculpties to create the outer walls of the Guggenheim.  I do not yet know the dimensions of each of the outer rings of the walls I need to create the Guggenheim model at the level of detail that I envision.  This demonstration ring does however gives me confidence that the project is quite doable with the skills and tool that I have available in Second Life.

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First Draft of Guggenheim Walls

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on June 10, 2010

First Draft of Walls for the Guggenehim

First Draft of Walls for the Guggenheim

This ring was relatively easy.  Each segment is 15 degrees of a full circle.  A total of 24 identical segments would make one entire ring.  It is flat and so the edge of one side is in line with the edge of the next segment.

Much more work will be needed to get the segment to rise to the left and flare outward just the right amount to simulate the Guggenheim walls.

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Thank you Rosalie

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on February 3, 2010

I want to thank Rosalie Oldrich.

Rosie is a friend in Second Life who tirelessly works on behalf of the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum.  I have come to know her best out of all of museum board members.  As the activities at the museum expanded I became acquainted with  the other board members in their roles on the board.  But the day I got the phone call from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was the day I turned to Rosalie because I knew her enthusiasm and commitment to the museum would carrying the ball down the field.  No, she did not carry the ball alone.  I called her on the phone that day and she acted as the consumate team member .  Willing to hand things off to other members of the board whenever their talents would be the choice for the task at hand.  Rosalie will always let others shine and stand in the limelight.  But I see her talent shine as well.  Always.

Thank you, Rosie

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News to Celebrate! – UPDATE

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on January 28, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum

Dateline: Usonia, Second Life

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Usonia/6/8/21/

Until the official news release has been blessed by both parties, I will paraphrase what has happened. The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum has been granted a license by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The news release that I had used was prematurely sent out to the staff members of the museum.  I simply published what I believed was an official press release.  I will now wait for the official joint announcement to come.

The excitement for me comes from the fact that this will allow me to access the archives at the FLW Foundation and use them to build the most precise renderings of Mr. Wright’s work.

High on my list will be the Guggenheim in NYC and the Dana Thomas House.

I would also like to do Taliesin which is set on the rolling hills of Wisconsin with much of the property that surrounds it.  This may be a task I set aside for an Open Sim mega region where size and prim count are not such a constraint as it is in Second Life.  I am hoping this brings out other builders who have always dreamed of building for the great architect so that more of his work makes it into the virtual world for all to see.

Enjoy your Virtual Life,

Ethos Erlanger

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Virtual Museums Anyone?

Posted by Ethos Erlanger on January 17, 2010

The officially licensed installation of the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum in Second Life is about to be born.  Yes it has been in Second Life for a period of time while we talked with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.  All life forms have a gestation period.  I had little to do with it. But I like to think I planted a seed when Lox and I built Fallingwater in Second Life with no official approval.  We did ask permission and did not receive it. Maybe we did not have critical mass back then.  Being turned down did not dissuade us from leaving Fallingwater up and on display in Second Life.  We discussed it and felt that if we never sold it and never charged admission, it was fair use.  And since we were never pressed on the subject, that counts as a good thing. We never did or said anything to offend any of the various rights holders, so I guess it is a case of no harm, no foul.

I repeat that I had little to do with the creation of the museum. I did write some emails and left voice messages at an opportune time asking for plans and dimensions of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.  I reached just the right person at the Guggenheim by following up on a referral given to me by Leslie Weston through her work at Harvard.  Those emails and phone messages turned into a phone call to me one afternoon back in early October of 2009 from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.  I immediately called  Assistant Director Rosalie Oldrich and she, together with Museum CEO Frey Bravin carried the ball forward from there.  The rest, as they say is history.

I am told that the agreement will be signed this week, and I will write more after it is official.

Again, I did little for the museum other than place a copy of our Fallingwater at the museum and do a bit of terra-forming around it. I made the waterfall and made smoke come out of the fireplace chimney.  I dressed up as Frank Lloyd Wright one night at a dance that was held at the museum.  It is not a long list of contributions, but I feel comfortable when I go there.  I feel at home there.  I enjoy myself at the museum both alone and with friends.

Enjoy the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum in Second Life,

Ethos Erlanger

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