Simploring 2019 (14) Oxygen by Terrygold

I visited Terrygold’s newest exhibition and installation “Oxygen” following Inara Peys’s blog post about it “Terrygold’s Oxygen in Second Life“. The exhibition and the installation is shown at Solo Arte, the art place of Melania (melaniabis) and Terrygold.

At the landing you can grab a notecard with the background story that accompanies Terrygold’s exhibition in the rooms adjacent to the landing. There’re recommended settings for your viewer for your visit and I used them, althogh my picture became a bit dark with it, but that’s intended.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the exhibition (1)

The story itself is quite sad and touching. It deals as the name implies with oxygene. In a not so far future a woman grows up wearing an oxygene mask permanently because of the polluted air. The mask is an ongoing torture, the sounds of her own breathing making it hard to blind out her misery. Just once a week she gets relief for an hour she may spend in a greenhouse.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the exhibition (2)

As you wander through the exhibtion you read the story, you see the pictures that express the never ending longing for relief, the yearning for a natural and healthy environment. And you hear the sounds of the breathing. In the end, when you passed the last room and picture you hear the last heartbeat and silence, finally silence.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the underground

Leaving the exhibition you walk up stairs, reach a large corridor with oxygene tanks and come to an old underground station and finally when you walk up from the underground station with the station name “Rebirth” you reach the surface, a town named “Oxygen“. It’s dark and abandoned, a ghost town. Nature has conquered it back, ivy, trees and gras slowly overgrowing walls. The roads with the rusty car wracks still witness the life that has been here before. And if you walk inside the houses, there’s still furniture, pictures on the walls, signs of the life that was here before.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the ghost town

Oxygen by Terrygold is an impressive piece of art with a strong message like “Rusted Farm” was, the installation of Terrygold that I visited last year (read here) and that dealt with industrial farming and pollution. I recommend a visit to Oxygen and I hope that Terrygold’s message is heard. Thank you for your art and for this installtion, Terrygold!

Landmark to Oxygen
Inara Pey’s blog post “Terrygold’s Oxygen in Second Life”

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