Sunday morning, June 12th, another time for simploring. I went to the “Gates of Melancholy” following Inara Pey’s blog entry “Standing in the Gates of Melancholy in Second Life“. This time I changed into something comfy and no heels *winks*. Here’s the landmark’s description “This sim is based on and inspired from the life and work of the famous American painter Andrew Wyeth. It is created to emulate and elicit the feel in the watercolor paintings done by Andrew Wyeth“.
Upon landing you get a notecard that describes the sim which was created by shelly70. The sim is based on and inspired from the work of the American painter Andrew Wyeth. Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was one of the best-known U.S. painters of the middle 20th century. In his art, Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him. Wyeth often noted: “I paint my life.” One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting Christina’s World.
Back to SL: Shelly created the sim as a virtual 3 dimensional painting, it is as if you step into Andrew’s world. Look at the painting above and at the pictures I took, the similarity is quite astounding. The landscape is rough and you can sense that farming was a challenge here. Nonetheless it’s beautiful and peaceful. Although some of the buildings look abandoned there are enough houses still occupied. Not only because the buildings are old and the farming equipment is old and rusty but also because of the rough yet peaceful nature and the missing signs of the 21st century I felt like being pushed back into the 1930ies or 40ies.
I need to mention the music. Shelly selected the perfect music for her sim. It’s modern, easy listening music, mostly slow, quiet and melodious. Just the right music to sit down and let your mind wander – and yes, it enhances melancholy (but not in a bad sense). I really enjoyed my visit of about an hour. It was a perfect way to spent a Sunday morning and to slow down.
Thank you Shelly for your great work. I’m not into arts, but I guess that you did a lot of studies to create this sim. I really enjoyed and I strongly recommend a visit.
Landmark “Gates of Melancholy”:
Link to Inara Pey’s article about Gates of Melancholy:
PS.: It is always hard to select some pictures as I make dozends when I go simploring. The picture below provides a little insight for you from what I have to pick 🙂