While the monument was already announced on Fanfest 2013, come april 30th 2014 (just one day before Fanfest 2014) – Iceland will have a new monument.
If you’re considering getting involved in the final stages of this piece of art, all you have to do is to hold a subscribtion on March 1st, 2014 and your name will be etched into the metal plate of the concrete base, or you can die honorably trying.
No, literally. CCP will in fact also honour players that deceased while holding an active subscribtion.
Should the monument become, less erect at some point in time – it will reveal a time capsule containing a laptop with greetings and salutations from the creators of EVE Online (ie. game developers and players alike).
“Our intention is to immortalize the contributions of the millions of people of the EVE universe in a way that extends beyond their immortality in our games“, said Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of CCP. “Honoring them as part of a timeless monument shows how virtual lives and adventures have reached a new level of meaning and impact that weaves into and enhances those that happen in this world. We are humbled by all those that have joined us on the journey so far, and it’s our hope that this physical piece will continue to gather energy and relevance into decades to come, becoming like EVE Online and outliving us all. “
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. “Worlds Within a World” will stand over five meters tall and consist of two main elements facing each other through a highly polished stainless steel surface 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 game’s players.
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. This monument extends CCP’s efforts to create a truly unique universe, in this case through a landmark that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual.
Read more thoughts on the monument from CCP’s CEO, players and the artist at the monument website