13 March 2008

Gone but not forgotten: Cotton's Dystopia

Dystopia: An imaginary place or state in which
the condition of life is extremely bad,

as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.

-American Heritage Dictionary

I was planning on writing about this place at some point, but not in this way. I just found out today through the Second Life Art News blog that Cotton's Dystopia (formerly in Moneta) was recently deleted. Had to happen at some point, I suppose, since Cottonteil is gone from SL, but it's still sad; it was a brilliant, beautiful, surreal build.

Cotton's Dystopia was a perfect brooding place. It was made up of huge monoliths of old concrete surrounded by water; it seemed to be an abandoned construction site, but I never could tell what was being built. Random windows and jagged edges broke the stark lines of the concrete slabs, a long-unused crane loomed overhead, and rusted beams and pieces of fencing stuck out here and there. In the middle of it all was a small patch of grass, with a few young trees; the last time I was there, glass globe lamps and intricately-constructed power tools were hanging from the branches. At various times, statues, musical instruments, stacks of shipping pallets and old rusted signs appeared; eventually they would disappear again, just as mysteriously. It was a beautiful place, in a bleak and melancholy way; I always found myself wondering why the construction crew abandoned it and what sort of building it was meant to have been.

Lessons learned: take lots of pictures of places you enjoy, because nothing in SL is certain. Explore a lot, and share the good places with friends. I'm glad I saw this place while I could. Thanks to Cottonteil, wherever she is now, for building it, and to those who helped preserve it after her departure. It'll be missed.

So what's this all about?

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere...
-Emily Bronte

This blog is meant to fill a need that hasn't been addressed yet, as far as I'm aware. There are plenty of Second Life blogs and lists that explain where to go to see beautiful scenery or outstanding architecture, where to go for fun and adventure-- but what if none of that is what you want? Where do you go if you're feeling depressed or angry, or just want to spend some time brooding or sulking in an appropriate-looking location?

That's why I started this blog: to list places I've found that are perfect settings for strolling around aimlessly and brooding, sitting in an out-of-the-way spot and sulking angrily, or just staring absently at the bleak scenery and feeling lonely. If you're not ready to cheer up yet, if you'd prefer to feed that bad mood a bit longer, this blog is for you. I'll be adding entries and pictures as time allows, so stay tuned.