We all know how long it can take a governmental body to complete a project -- Operation Iraqi Freedom anyone? Frustrated with the lack of movement and community involvement with a plan to build a new garden in the central Halles area of Paris, local residents started a competition within Second Life to come up with possible designs for the real world location.
While the association knows that the winning design (whose creator won 275,000 Linden dollars) won't be implemented because it doesn't consider real world conditions, they're hoping the competition will put pressure on the mayor to move this project along. It's been in talks since 2004.
The main prize went to Joshua Culdesac and Piper Pitney, who's idea included ambitious water features and an ice rink. Smaller prizes were also awarded, including 40,000 Linden dollars to a six-year-old in the children's play area category.
According to an article in BBC News: "Some of the participants in the competition spent up to a month working part-time on their entry, says Accomplir vice-president Gilles Pourbaix."
[image via BBC News]