Monday, 19 October 2015

Prison

Cica Ghost's latest inworld art installation, titled "Prison", is in some ways her simplest one thus far, although the idea behind is far from simple.


The Prison is located on a barren island reminiscent of Cica's earlier works: parched land and black birds are here again. The rest of the installation is a series of walls made entirely of metal bars. Looking from the distance, it's an imposing abstract structure with an apocalyptic feel to it.


Before I visited the place, I saw the following intro in the SL's official Destination Guide: "In this prison, all the doors will open for you, and you'll be able to escape at any time. But you won't feel like going away. And even when you finally leave, you will want to come back."

Initially, I didn't exactly feel like that. Going from one room to the next didn't seem like much of a challenge. Unlike her previous works, in this installation there really isn't anything hidden. It's just empty space in between metal bars, with an occasional chair placed here and there.



However, once we've seen everything and sat down somewhere in the middle of the prison, I really didn't feel like leaving. Duncan and I spent some time just sitting there. Although barren and empty, the place felt calm and relaxing. Meditative, as it were.


It's a piece of virtual art you shouldn't miss. To visit, follow this SLurl.