Welcoming Silas to Holly Kai Garden

Silas Merlin: Mirrored Garden, Holly Kai Garden
Silas Merlin: Mirrored Garden, Holly Kai Garden

Saturday, April 16th saw the opening of Mirrored Garden at Holly Kai Garden, featuring the art and creativity of Silas Merlin, a Maître Pastelliste (Master Pastelist) at the Société des Pastellistes de France), where he is known as  Jean-François Le Saint.

Silas was on-hand for the event, together with Eala Du, who has provided the poems Where Is This Place? and Hands Form Into Puppets, which frame the two selections of images Silas is displayed on the garden terraces, whilst the music was provided by Gerrard “G-Windz” Winstanley, making his début as a Holly Kai featured DJ.

Silas, in cat guise, with poet Eala Du during the opening of Mirrored Garden
Silas, in cat guise, with poet Eala Du during the opening of Mirrored Garden

The party quickly got off to a roaring start on the Garden’s public terrace, with some guests having availed themselves to the moorings alongside the Garden to come by boat.

The closeness of the party terrace to the exhibit makes it easy for guest to flow between exhibits and dancing, and  this was certainly the case for this opening, with a steady flow of people moving between the terraces, carrying conversation on both the exquisite nature of Silas’ art and Eala’s words, and on Silas’ magnificent and creative mirror effects which can be seen on either terrace and which are, I have to say, one of the most creative demonstrations of the use of projectors I’ve witnessed in Second Life (just be sure to have ALM enabled in your viewer to enjoy them!).

Silas uses projectors to create a mirror effect when, when he is visiting the exhibition, can be quite startling :)
We often say in the physical world that things can be a matter of “smoke and mirrors” to create an illusion. In Second Life, Silas brilliantly uses textures, lighting and projectors to achieve wonderfully illusory results! (click for full size)

Following the opening, as people continued to tour the art terraces and avail themselves of the sets to converse, Silas also demonstrated how the same approach can be used to create a holographic effect in-world as well, and I’m pleased to say the we’ll have an inside look at his tricks of the trade in a future article on modemworld.me.

Not that the mirrors are the sole focus of Mirrored Garden. As I noted in my preview of the exhibit, Silas’ work is simply beautiful to behold, and the selections presented at Holly Kai Garden really underline this; and my own particular bias aside (I’m totally captivated by his work), I cannot recommend Mirrored Garden as a must-see exhibit strongly enough.

G-Windz presented some superb music, cleverly working in the "mirrors" theme to his set
G-Windz presented some superb music, cleverly working in the “mirrors” theme to his set

In the meantime, I’d like to thank all those who attended the open of Mirrored Garden and helping to make it a success, and Gerrard for providing an excellent music set for dancing.

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