Aracnia (yes we’re talking bugs) in Second Life

Aracnia (moderate)

What does it say about somebody that they have visions of giant electrified bugs?  If I’m honest it probably says something similar about people who wear grey skinned avatars, but I digress.  Nexuno Thespian↑ has these crawly visions and, being an artist, has brought them to life and is sharing them with the rest of us.

There are actually two different stories in this exhibition – both involve colour and movement and, um, insect life.  I have a theory about all this but I’ll wait and share it after I give you Nexuno’s two stories.

Aracnia (moderate)

Realm of Spiders
According to Greek legend, there was once a woman named Arachne who bragged that she was the best weaver around. This didn’t sit well with Athena, who was sure her own work was better. After a contest, Athena saw that Arachne’s work was indeed of higher quality, so she angrily destroyed it. Despondent, Arachne hanged herself, but Athena stepped in and turned the rope into a cobweb, and Arachne into a spider. Now Arachne can weave her lovely tapestries forever, and her name is where we get the word arachnid.

I need to interject a word of caution at this point.  Yes they are beautiful and, given their bright colours, you might consider them cheerful and harmless.  Ha!  Be very careful where you step!

Aracnia (moderate)

Realm of Dragonflies
Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in awhile one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.

“Look!” said one of the water bugs to another. “One of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going?” Up, up, up it slowly went….Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited but it didn’t return…

“That’s funny!” said one water bug to another. “Wasn’t she happy here?” asked a second… “Where do you suppose she went?” wondered a third.

No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. “I have an idea”. “The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why.”

“We promise”, they said solemnly.

Insectia (moderate)

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up, he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.

When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn’t believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings…The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!

Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.

Insectia (moderate)


The dragonfly remembered the promise: “the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why.” Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water…

“I can’t return!” he said in dismay. “At least, I tried. But I can’t keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I’ll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they’ll understand what has happened to me, and where I went.”

And the dragonfly winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air…….

These are both lovely stories and the art is beautiful.  The various creatures from the insect world are gorgeous if a little too sentient for comfort.  Therein lies my concern.  You see there are eggs everywhere and I had to wonder what would happen if these beings escaped from their enclosed habitats and started migrating around the grid.  You think I’m being fanciful I know – those walls look very solid.  However there’s a virtual trojan horse in this exhibit.  A gift of an insectoidal avatar is offered.  I’m betting she’s pregnant.

Insectia (moderate)
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8 Comments

  1. Johnny

     /  August 12, 2012

    Great Blog!! Is it possible to visit this place on second life? could you tell me the name of the Map, that i can find that creepy place???

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    • It was possible back in March – that exhibit is now closed. To find more creepy places (grin) – sign up for second life (secondlife.com) and download the viewer. Go through a bit of time learning how to use it (we’ve all been through it and felt stupid, honest it gets better). Then you can click on the captions to my photos and visit places that look interesting – there are more creepy places in SL than I can count. I’ll help you find them if you contact me once you’ve got your avatar set up. Come visit! It’s fun :)

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  2. Johnny

     /  August 13, 2012

    i have an avatar^^, My Name in Secondlife is —> Shizomania :).

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  3. Johnny

     /  August 14, 2012

    Hay :). Can you please tell me your Name in Second Life? Because when i search for Honourmcmillan, than i find somebody with a “simila” name… but i dont think that this is YOU^^…you said i should contact you in SL, but i don’t know how without the Name of your Avatar O.o…

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  4. Johnny

     /  August 14, 2012

    Okay i found you. I will add you to my Friendslist. Aah yes, and i need to say, that i dont found url’s or photos to greepy places in your Profile…I think a list of places where i can find many spiderweb-traps, and arachnids wich can wrap up her victims were better… i dont wanna make you nervous, but that were really good^^

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