1000+ Avatars project end of an era on 3rd June 2012


Gracie Kendal has recently announced that the 1000+ project in Second Life will be closing down on Sunday 3rd June 2012. There will be a fun party from 12pm to 3pm SLT on Sunday 3rd at Coyote and Seraph City. The 1000+ avatars project started a few years ago and had amazing support by the Second Life community. It started with 100 portraits then accelerated to 500, 1000 then 2000+ avatar  portraits. You can still purchase autographed copies of the books and prints apparently. Contact Gracie for more details.

The tiger avatar is me on the 1000+ avatars project wall. YAY!

Visit today before the closure in the next few weeks.

The 1000 Avatar Project, created by artist Gracie Kendal, is a documentation of avatars in Second Life. The portraits explore the idea of the avatar as a constructed online identity and deals with concepts of anonymity, personality, and diversity.

This project is very unqiue, special and amazing I think in Second Life. Gracie Kendal made a notecard about the 1000+ avatars project coming to a end. See below!

Hi my friends,

I want to thank you all so much for your love and support in following and being part of the 1000+ Avatar Project. I am so very proud of the work I have created here and I am glad I have been able to share it with the Second Life community. I think the work speaks for itself in showing the wonderful diversity that we all share here. The lives we create and live and the imagination that you all have shared shows that Second Life is much more than… well the media makes it out to be. I am proud to be a member of the Second Life community and I will continue to pass on its wonders, its capabilities and I will continue to forge ahead as one of the pioneers of this new media art form.

The project has gone through so much since it started in October 2010. I have published 2 books, the installation itself has moved several times and most recently I created a mixed reality installation/performance using a selection from the project in an exhibit in Los Angeles and Second Life.

The whole experience of shooting the portraits, working with my great friend Nikki on publishing the books, putting together the RL/SL art installation and standing back to see what I have done is something I will never forget. I have met so many amazing people along the way. more then 2000 of them :))

Some people have asked me, why I don’t go for 3000 or 10,000 avatars now. At first I kind of laughed it off and said… we’ll see. But as with my paintings, I know when I am finished. It is just a feeling you get. You look at the work you have created and you just know. It is done.

The 1000+ Avatars project has had an amazing journey the last couple years.
On June 3rd from 12-3pm slt we will have one last grand party in which you are all invited… then I will be taking down the installations at Coyote and Seraph City and they will go in my inventory. It is time.

Thank you again so much for your love and support!!
Gracie Kendal/Kristine Schomaker
http://www.1000avatars.wordpress.com

I would like to personally thank Gracie for all her hard work and dedication she has put into the 1000+ project during the last few years. The project will be missed!

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