Sunday morning, November 6th, time again for some simploring. This time I picked Ephemeral from the SL destination guide.

November 6th - Ephemeral (1)

November 6th – Ephemeral (1)

“Ephemerality (from Greek ephemeros, literally “lasting only one day”) is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the term ephemeral is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things, including human artifacts intentionally made to last for only a temporary period, in order to increase their perceived aesthetic value.” (from Wikipedia)

November 6th - Ephemeral (2)

November 6th – Ephemeral (2)

Time to reflect the purpose of my art, to serve longevity or fragility?” is what Bufje, owner and creator of Ephemeral, asks. Windlight setting and audio stream (from Ambient Art Sound Radio)are fundamental part of installation, please push play button of viewer.

I think the title is simply brilliant for art in Second Life, as it is temporary in many ways. It is firstly only available for a short time and then it’s gone. Secondly everybody gets different, not easily reproducible views on the art. And thirdly you can change windlight settings and get something total different eventually. I started using the windlight settings that were set for expierencing Ephemeral.
Ephemeral is strange, surreal and it took a while to get deeper into it. Giant beings around me which are threatening just because of their height. The effect is increased as everything is embedded in fog. The fog has another additional effect. Once you get closer to a giant you can see them clearer but you can’t see them as a whole anymore. The ambient music was sort of calming and another contrast.

November 6th - Ephemeral (3)

November 6th – Ephemeral (3)

I was attracted by the giant woman with her two cats and the feeding bowl at her feet. First I only saw the feet and it took a while to see her in full height – not a beauty, yet determined, strong willed and literally standing with her both feet on the ground.20161106-ephemeral_021
In the middle of the sim, the only coloured spot, standing out is an island of grass an a comparably tiny statue. You can click the grass and choose a ballet dance, what I did.
And then there are on on edge of the art installion many white dice with moving matchstick mans, a screen playing a video showing a horserider. There is so much more to discover but I really miss words describing it, pictures are by far better.20161106-ephemeral_010

20161106-ephemeral_01420161106-ephemeral_017Last but not least, I changed the windlight setting once and took an overview picture. Incredible what windlight settings do with art. Without the right windlight setting, Bufje’s art would be still surreal but miss most of it’s effect. Enjoy your own visit!

November 6th - Ephemeral with no windlight Settings, still surreal but the difference is stunning

November 6th – Ephemeral with no windlight Settings, still surreal but the difference is stunning

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