The monument is an a outdoor sculpture by the artist Sigurður Guðmundsson with help and input from EVE Online‘s own art directors Börkur Eiríksson and Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson. It will stand at over five meters tall and will consist of two main elements facing each other through a highly polished stainless steel surface in the middle that reflects and mirrors the elements and the landscape. On the left side of the model stands a dark aluminum structure with a quote from the EVE Universe and on the right a dark granite facial figure representing the players behind the game.
The monument will stand atop a half meter tall metal-plated concrete platform that will have the names of all the “main characters” of all active EVE Online players etched upon it. This list of active, paying players will be captured on March 1st, 2014—no exceptions. In addition, CCP will be honoring EVE Online players who have passed away by adding their names to the monument, as described in the following section.
Under the monument a buried laptop will serve as a time capsule with videos, messages, wishes and more from the players and the development staff. A web-based application will assist in finding specific names on the monument‘s surface. More on the time capsule will be announced at eve.com/monument.
The monument will be unveiled on Wednesday April 30th, a day before Fanfest 2014, the annual gathering celebrating the EVE Universe held at Harpa Concert and Convention Center in downtown Reykjavik. At the event, thousands of EVE Online, DUST 514 and EVE: Valkyrie players will witness the dedication in a special ceremony that will include CCP staff, city officials, friends, and family.
In 2013, EVE Online was honored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the “Applied Design“ exhibition of the Museum‘s Philip Johnson Galleries and formally inducted into the permanent collection in the inaugural group of video games alongside thirteen others such as Tetris, Pac-Man, and The Sims.
Another effort to celebrate EVE Online players, Skyward Sphere, was launched multiple times in 2012 and brought EVE players to the edge of space first through an ascending escape pod and then, more successfully, inside a Minmatar Rifter as players watched via livestream -- SkywardSphere
This newly confirmed monument extends the efforts CCP has at creating a truly unique universe, in this case through a landmark that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual.
- CCP Salmon - Ívar Kristjánsson - Co-founder of CCP and VP of Customer Relations
words from the artist
“The sculpture had a long overture before it took on its current form. During this process it has manifested in numerous different iterations as the process was a search for a melding between myself, or my art, and the EVE Universe which as people know is the world of virtual reality inhabited by a larger group of people than the entirety of the Icelandic populace. I felt it was an incredibly interesting challenge as I had numerous times in many of my works elected to join exotic worlds unknown to me. Perhaps that‘s the essence of creating art.
After an arduous journey, both spiritual and practical, the outcome is something that I feel strongly about. The result would never have been what it is at this point if I had not enjoyed a strong conceptual collaboration with two artists at CCP; Börkur Eiríksson and Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson who have a large artistic ownership in the piece as it now stands. And that is exactly what I found so interesting in the creative process of shaping this art piece.
The title is Worlds Within a World. It alludes to a meeting of two different spheres; my art, which contains my existential point of view, melding with the world of EVE, another reality. Those two worlds are then reflected in a highly polished steel mirror which, aside from reflecting them, simultaneously mirrors the larger world fostering the two worlds and the identities within, joining them into one.“
- Sigurður Guðmundsson
More about the artist: http://www.i8.is/?s=8&aID=40