Holly Kai Gallery

Holly Kai Gallery is the largest building on Holly Kai Estate. It is inspired by the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles California, from which it takes its shape. It is reached via the waterfront stairways flanking the park’s landing point.

The building comprises four linked parts: the foyer area, two gallery spaces, one on either side of the foyer, in the building’s wings, and and a multiple-purpose area in the cylindrical rotunda area. The two gallery spaces can either be used for individual exhibits of art (allowing Holly Kai to display two artists at a time) or for a single display spanning both wings.

Holly Kai Gallery

While it is not intended as a precise replica of the Griffith Observatory, Holly Kai Gallery does retain the familiar large dome of the planetarium rotunda and the two domes of the observatory’s telescopes. One of these may be open periodically to allow a glimpse of the telescope within. Between the, the domes mark the gallery’s rooftop events space, used for exhibition openings, and which can be reached either from inside the gallery, via the rotunda, or via the external steps at either end of the building.

The rooftop events area with one of the observatory domes open to reveal the 12-inch telescope

The gallery stands on a large terrace and overlooks the marina to the east and Holly Kai Spirit to the west. Set before the gallery’s front entrance is a formal lawned garden, which will be used to display 3D art from invited artists and from patrons who have donated pieces to the galley.

Below this garden area is a mid-level area between the gallery and the waterfront. This is home to the Gallery Café, where people can sit indoors or out and enjoy their time at the park. Also to be found here is a studio featuring the SL photography of Inara Pey.

The Holly Kai Cafe

The marina offers mooring slips for small-to-medium sized motor boats, sailing boats and cruisers. A fuelling station is also available on the harbour breakwater. Mooring for up to 2 hours per visit is permitted, and boats can be rezzed / re-rezzed from the piers.

From the gallery’s terrace is it possible to reach Seanchai Library to the south east, or take the stairs down to the park walk, a trail through the tress of the Park that runs around the base of the hill on which the gallery sits. This provides a pleasant walk to Holly Kai Spirit, the open-air events area. In addition, Holly Kai Spirit can be reached via the south rear terrace from the Gallery.

A fish-eye view of the rotunda, with its ramps leading up to the rooftop access, and the large orrery suspended from, the rotunda’s dome.

Exhibitions at the gallery generally last for 4 weeks, and are advertised through these pages and our subscription and in-world groups.

 

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