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  Linden Lab Grants $4,000 Fellowship to Chicago Art Students  
Posted 2006-05-24 by Tony Walsh
Two students of Chicago's Art Institute will receive a $4,000 USD fellowship from Linden Lab, makers of the virtual world Second Life. The first of its kind visual and performing arts grant will fund a proposal submitted by Simon Spartalian and Mike Beradino to transform their virtual items into physical objects through milled foam or wax. This technology has already been demonstrated by Eyebeam Research, and Ogle Models and Prototypes. The two students, reported Mark Wallace of 3pointD last week, will be offering milling services themselves starting June 1, 2006. The students list Eyebeam and OGLE has benefactors on their blog Recursive Instruments. In handing a grant to an established project, it seems Linden Lab is betting on a sure thing.

In an official press release, Linden Lab's VP of Community said that "Through this project and its resulting exhibit, we believe the art and design communities at large will be inspired by the potential of Second Life for artistic expression, and will join us in bringing that inspiration to life." The students hope to create an "import/export zone" that will serve as a bridge Second Life and real life. Linden Lab's fellowship was first announced in Februrary, 2006, and required that "The project funded by the fellowship must be completed within a semester, make use of Second Life tool-set and capabilities and be available for view or exhibit within Second Life."
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