Recognizing and Developing a Genre ~
News and Confessions About Immersion World Building
"Do you really think there are no larger answers to the small ones we can supply? Miguel, we know there are answers for everything. Unfortunately, we know very few of them." (Alexis Paninian to Mitchell Campion following a 4 minute teleportation from Paxton, Ohio to 3XNorth, 3YEast and 150Z off the Coast of Spain, circa 5/28 & 3 weeks, OSB airdate 4/7/1959).
Right in the middle of a mystery my benefactor called me to help her build a butterfly rainforest. I wouldn’t mind so much, but she was gone for nearly two weeks. During her “vacation” I couldn’t make a move without her.
The Butterfly museum is a place where learning can get done. The first two floors are a walk through garden like the one my benefactor visited on her vacation last week. The third floor is a classroom and gift shop. There visitors will be able to pick up complimentary souvenirs, make a donation to rainforest education or take a brief anytime class. A tram will take riders up into the top of the canopy.
So far the exhibition and classroom experience that brings attention to the issues of the butterfly worldwide is about half way done. Every week new butterflies will be released into the museum. A special metamorphosis area is being set aside in the classroom. The museum is yet another way to encourage students to learn more about butterflies in the real life locations, and what it will take to ensure their many variations.
I do appreciate too that butterflies are the best way to remember the cause and effect of story (every storyteller, legend maker or game developer knows how the F. Scott Fitzgerald mention of a breeze generated by a butterfly’s wings goes (Winter Dreams). It is very nice that the museum is named the Blue Morpho Butterfly Rainforest. Students remember so much better when there is something to latch onto.