Cica’s Trolland in Second Life

Cica Ghost, Trolland, December 2022

Cica Ghost is back with a final installation for the year as she presents Trolland, a whimsical and fun setting much in keeping with her more recent installations. It comes, as all Cica’s installations do, with a little quote that helps describe it:

A troll is a class of being in Germanic mythology and Scandinavian folklore. In Old Norse sources, beings described as trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, live together in small family units, and are rarely helpful to human beings.

This, plus the title of the installation reveal what it is all about; in this case, a total of three trolls. In this, and given my fondness for Tolkien, I couldn’t help but conjure thoughts of three trolls in particular: Bert Bill and Tom from The Hobbit. Now to be sure, these three individuals have probably done more to give trolls a bad name in the last 100 years than any single other source. Brutish, rude, thieves, uncouth in their lack of manners – and quite partial to human flesh -they are perhaps the worse kind of Troll one might imagine. But in truth, they were born of a standalone story designed to appeal as much to youngsters as adults (The Hobbit was only “retconned”, so to speak, into he broader mythology in subsequent editions, as the likes of The Lord of the Rings were more fully fleshed out for publication), rather than being representative of trolls as a whole.

Cica Ghost, Trolland, December 2022

As such, and in fairness, the creatures depicted in Cica’s installation don’t appear to be drawn from Tolkien’s story either consciously or otherwise; its just something my imagination was bound to dredge up because, as they say – J.R.R. Tolkien is Hobbit-forming (yes, I’m here through the season, folks, get your tickets from the box office!). Perhaps the presence of a camp fire with a cooking pot suspended over it also contributed to setting my imagination off on its little flight of fancy; you might (and probably will!) see things otherwise.

But that is, after all, the beauty and power of art, isn’t it? To call to our imaginations, and entice us on journeys. through their canvas and / or setting.

Cica Ghost, Trolland, December 2022

It cannot be denied that Cica’s Trolls look a lot friendlier than Tolkien’s and any grumpiness that might exude might the result of the landscape where they live. Cut through by deep channels which forced people to meander in their excursions, it may well be fun for explorers, the winding paths leading pat giant mushrooms, strange outcrops which might be rocks or petrified giant plants, some complete with wheels of stone suspended by rope from their arms to for swing-like seats, rock cars and a hidden gift.

But if you’re a troll and simply want to go from A to B to collect something? What might be a fun walk and photo opportunity for humans becomes, perhaps, an annoying chore. So, if these trolls do come off as not being especially helpful as you come across them, remember, you’re just visiting, they live here!

Cica Ghost, Trolland, December 2022

Caught under a mauve sky freckled with white clouds, a haze softening the horizon, Trolland makes for an engaging and fun visit to see out the year.

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Team Diabetes 2022 Winter Showcase in Second Life

Team Diabetes Winter Showcase 2022

The 2022 Team Diabetes of Second Life Winter Showcase event is currently underway in Second Life and will run through until December 14th, 2022. As with previous years, the event includes live performers, DJs, dancing, ice skating, and the Winter Showcase for shopping and the Kultivate Winter Art show. All of which is to raise money for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), through Team Diabetes of Second Life, ADA’s official and authorised in-world fund-raising team.

As is traditional for the event, it occupies one half of the Kultivate Magazine home region, with the Showcase shops for merchants and artists boutique style galleries bracketing the  central events and activities area. The merchants paricipating in this years event are:

Potomac Homes, Ever Green, !!Firelight!!, Pendragon Designs, Studio Line, MG Designs, Couture Chapeau, Dalrymple Designs, ART & FASHION, Artisan Antiques, Cosmos Boutique, Broomsticks & Cauldrons, The Undiscovered Jewel, QUE RICO Deign, Angel Fae Boutique, Fire Within, Peeps, Tchelo’s, PAJAMARAMA, Dollicide, Llama Inc, BE BOLD, Manikin, L’Artistan, DINKIEWEAR, Telsiope’s Couture, ::GK::, The Annex, Mystical Dreams and Fashion, & The Front Porch

Merchants are each offering at least one item among their displays with 100% of proceeds from sales going directly to Team Diabetes of Second Life.

The full shopping guide can be found on the Team Diabetes of Second Life website.

The artists participating in the art show are: Bagnu Resident, Chic Aeon, Eucalyptus Carroll, Hannah Starlight, HarlowJamison Resident, Jamee Sandalwood, Jessamine2108 Resident, Llola Lane, maggiemagenta, Myra Wildmist, & Johannes Huntsman

All artists are also offering at least one item of art for sale with 100% of proceeds going to Team Diabetes of Second Life.

In addition to the shopping and art, the event features a special hunt with prizes to be claimed. The 2022 Reindeer Hunt is an open hunt with tiny reindeer scattered throughout the 2019 Winter Showcase, in stores and in art displays. Find each reindeer and pay L$10 to receive a prize. 100% proceeds of the hunt goes to Team Diabetes of Second Life.

Team Diabetes 2021 Winter showcase

There is also daily entertainment through the event, with the remain days comprising (all times SLT):

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022, 12:00 noon SLT: live performer Grace Loudon
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1300 SLT: live performer Kris Composer
  • Monday, December 12, 2022: TBA
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 17:00 SLT: live performer Angelikus
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022:
    • 16:00 SLT: live performer Max Kleene
    • 17:00 SLT: live performer Khiron
    • 23:59 SLT: Reindeer Hunt and Winter Showcase End

See the Team Diabetes 2022 Winter Showcase pages for more information on the event.

About the American Diabetes Association

 Established in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is working to both prevent and cure diabetes in all it forms, and to help improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. It does this by providing objective and credible information and resources about diabetes to communities, and funding research into ways and means of both managing and curing the illness. In addition, the Association gives voice to those denied their rights as a consequence of being affected by diabetes.

About Team Diabetes of Second life

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorised fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association in Second Life. Established with the aim of raising funds in support of diabetes treatment and to raise awareness of the disease in SL, Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John (Johannes1977 Resident).

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