Simploring 2020 (79) Sugar Mine

I went on a simploring tour Thursday afternoon, November 5th. I picked Sugar Mine from scoop.it SL Destinations. There was just a picture from a flickr page on scoop.it SL Destinations, but Annie Brightstar (anniebrightstar) also provides links to former posts of destinations listed. And that led me to a post of Maddy Gynoid “Simtipp: Sugar Mine” (in German). After I read his post, I was really curious about Sugar Mine.

Sugar Mine – Overview and orientation map

The landing is on a stone pier leading to a quite big building with a large passage. In the building you find a workshop, at the building is a plate “Irongate Wharf”. Behind the passage is a court and another even bigger building with another passage. In one corner of the court is a lighthouse. The windlight is a bit hazy and provides a mystic atmosphere. From the landing you see a huge artifical waterfall, maybe a power plant. Furtheron you see more huge buildings on a hill and 2 light beams shine into the sky there. The scenery reminded me a bit of Metropolis.

Sugar Mine is an adult homestead, owned by Tomster Starflare and Gioia Sautereau. The landmark description doesn’t give much away: “Punky home of Tomster Starflare and his gardener Gioia Sautereau. Please feel free to explore all the places reachable by foot, vehicle, teleporters and some experience teleporters 😉

Impressions of Sugar Mine (1) – around the landing point / Harbour

At the above mentioned court at the Habour is a teleporter pad with 4 destinations: SM Harbour, SM Cave, SM Nowhere and SM Plaza. I assume SM stands for Sugar Mine. SM Harbour is the teleporter pad at the court, SM Cave leads to a cave up in the skies. I did go there briefly but didn’t further explore it. SM Nowhere is a building and testing platform up in the skies. Gioia Sautereau was there during my visit and I wanted to talk to her, but she was absent. Finally SM Plaza leads to the building complex up the hill.

Impressions of Sugar Mine (2) – at the plaza

I went to the plaza first and I took the teleporter. Again the buildings and the building style reminded me of Metroplis. You can enter the buildings. In the largest building you find kind of a showroom, it looks like art deco, but I have no idea what the centerpiece is. Next to that showroom is a large event room, also decorated in the style of the early 20th century. Nearing on corner of the eventroom I got teleported to another room. This room looked like a cafe in one corner, like the atelier of an experimental artist in the other corner. I found no way back to the event room, hence I walked outside and found myself next to the Eiffel Tower, that had lost most of its top. Hoovering next to the half Eiffel Tower was a strange flying object, that looked a bit like steampunk. I could get in there but I couldn’t move it.

Impressions of Sugar Mine (3) – broken Eiffel Tower / waterfall / submarine

My next simploring stop was at the submarine next to the huge articfical waterfall (or power plant?). the submarine is used for living and you can walk inside, yet there’s not too much to discover.

The artifical waterfall is quite interesting, first because of its construction – where does the water come from? But then also because on the top of it you find a lovely gardem, a place to wind down and you see nothing from the surrounding sim up here, it is quite an oasis. And a great place for taking pictures as well. Now I understand why Gioia Sautereau was called gardener in the landmark description.

Impressions of Sugar Mine (4) – around and above the artificial waterfall

Below of the plaza is an elevated railroad and under the tracks are stores. To me it looked a bit like a train station, just the platform was missing. The wagon on the railroad tracks is now a fast food restaurant. The shops look Asian and are quite detailed.

Impressions of Sugar Mine (5) – the “Tram station”

I asked myself what might be in the big block below of the plaza and behind the train station. I camed inside and found a way to get in. There’s a humongous hall with an art and light installation. Look at the two dolls at the entrance. One has her hands in front of her face to protect it from the light and then she takes off her face!
There must be a better way to get it, I assume that I missed anotehr force tp point. I got out with a forced tp though.

Impressions of Sugar Mine (6) – the light art installation

Sugar Mine is a mixture of Metroplis, steampunk, fantasy, architecture and art and even garden culture, quite difficult to sort into a category. There’s a lot to discover, and there’re great backgrounds for taking pictures. Sugar Mine is just different.
Thank you Tomster Starflare and Gioia Sautereau for sharing your place with the public.

Landmark to Sugar Mine
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Starbright/202/66/27
Simtipp: Sugar Mine
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/10/simtipp-sugar-mine.html
Gioia Sautereau flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gioia_sautereau/
Tomster Starflare flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145604003@N04/

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