Burning Life 2009 is coming! It will be open October 17-25, but beginning today I’m publishing a series of previews of what you’ll see. Based on the famous Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, Second Life‘s Burning Life festival adheres closely to the spirit of the Burning Man. A cooperatively built city arises in the desert, a paragon of creativity, community, and excitement, and after it’s over every scrap is removed, leaving only bare desert floor. I’ve written about it previously here, here, and here. Now people are busy building their creations, which are overall very impressive. You can see advance views of Burning Life 2009 in the slide show that follows this article. The build pictured here is by Wick Umino.
While I was there today, a large bumble bee flew in from the desert sands and stopped, hovering in front of me. It was a "Giant Tamed BumbleBee!" and in a seat suspended from it was its creator, OhMy Shalala, a woman who loves creating in Second Life and who in real life is an avid gamer, musician, and photographer. She makes one person, two person, and five person versions of the bumble bee; you can see the single person version in the slide show below. OhMy has a build in Burning Life, which I’ll visit for a future preview article, and she’s a Burning Life ranger.
Be sure to check out the slide show below. It contains pictures from this week’s meeting of Burning Life rangers and of Burning Life builds in the camps of Artistide Despres (whose artwork was in the recent art auction), Cienega Soon, Patio Plasma, Salmon Carpaccio, Vicero Lambert, Wick Umino, and windyy Lane.
You can learn more about Burning Life at its website, burninglife.secondlife.com.