The Legend of Zelda is the game that sparked my life long hobby of video games. Way back in 1985, I stood before a demo model Nintendo Entertainment System in Sears and played through the first two dungeons of the game in one sitting (standing). From that day on I was hooked. I loved the world of Hyrule, searching through each screen to find the secret treasure or hidden passage, fighting monsters, collecting Rupees so I could buy tools to explore further. I convinced my family to buy their first ever 13 inch color TV, and I mowed lawns all summer to buy that first NES, all so I could bring home The Legend of Zelda.
I still have a great deal of nostalgia for the Legend of Zelda. My mother-in-law knitted a wonderful Link outfit for my son, and I have framed maps from the Legend of Zelda and the Super Nintendo sequel, A Link to the Past hanging proudly in my gaming den. Naturally I was thrilled to hear the Land gallery in Portland was going to be hosting a Zelda inspired exhibit called The Legend of Zelda: a Triforce Tribute.
It was wonderful to see so many different artist’s interpretations of my favorite video game, and if you live in the Portland area, I encourage you to visit Land gallery before April 21, 2012. If you can’t make it, Land will be selling many prints of these works, and I hope you enjoy the gallery below.