This morning, I returned to the World Trade Center sim (teleport SLURL) to gather with other 20-some other avatars for a 9/11 commemorative event. Many avatars wore black suits and dresses, appropriate to the occasion. Lots of hugs and greetings all around.
I ran into most of the principal organizers of the sim, including Liam Kanno the build designer, as well as Electra Fargis, Winfried Ferraris, and Sundra Petrov (pictured after the jump). A group of Italian visitors rezzed in right after me, which spurred me to put on my babbler HUD (a universal language translator). Presumably there will be quite an international presence at the site over the next days.
More pictures from the event after the jump…
According to Winfried, building of the sim only began last Wednesday!
Winfried noted that this was a permanent memorial, and that it would be
open year-round. The plots surrounding the build are reserved for new
businesses just starting out, I assume to help pay for the sim. This did make me wonder what kind of
business right outside of a 9/11 memorial would be appropriate. Hopefully not a souvenir shop, which we already have plenty of outside of the real WTC site.
Meanwhile, the organizers are soliciting donations to help keep the memorial going. So visitors should contribute generously if they find value in this kind of project.
WTC Memorial staff Electra Fargis, Winfried Ferraris and Sundra Petrov. Congratulations to all of them for making this build happen.
(SIDENOTE: Electra pointed me to a somewhat tasteless Burning Life build that basically turns the World Trade Center into a nightclub. Not strongly offensive, but kind of dumb, frankly. Here’s the teleport SLURL if you want to check it out.)