Simploring 2018 (87) Pendle Hill

For my simploring tour on Saturday, October 6th, I picked Pendle Hill from SL Destinations. Pendle Hill is owned and created by Lauren Bentham, who also owns Arranmore. I visited Arranmore in 2016 (read here). Pendle Hill reminded me a lot of Arranmore and you can easily recognize that both were created by the same person. The atmosphere is foggy and dark and fits into the current Halloween season, yet Pendle Hill is like Arranmore a permanent sim and open all year round, not just for Halloween.

Impression of Pendle Hill (1)

Lauren Betham writes in the notecard that you get upon entering that “Pendle Hill is a fictional sim, but the name Pendle Hill is actually a real place east of Lancashire in the north of England, and is linked to the Pendle witch trials of 1612.

Impression of Pendle Hill (2)

To fully enjoy exploring Pendle Hill you have to enable advanced lighting, enable ambient occlusion and have to enable shadows created by sun/moon and projectors. With these settings and with adding the flashlight you also get upon entering the sim, you might see objects, people, ghosts or horrifying objects in the spotlight of the flashlight that you would miss otherwise. And turn your sound on!

Impression of Pendle Hill (3)

Pendle Hill offers a lot of opportunities for taking pictures with a particular dark, foggy and scary atmosphere. Some details are obscured by the fog and the dark and only appear either in the spotlight of your flashlight or when a lightening illuminated the scenery. Many ghosts live at Pendle Hill, some of them only show their hands playing the piano or trying to grab you when you look into a mirror or walk up stairs.

Impression of Pendle Hill (4)

There’s a lot to discover at Pendle Hill and I’m sure that I still missed most of them. Thank you for creating and sharing Pendle Hill with the public, Lauren Bentham. I really enjoyed my visit a lot!

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Simploring 2018 (86) The Labyrinth Experience

For my simploring tour on October 3rd I selected “The Labyrinth Experience“, an installation of Subversive Vavoom and Rhodan Kuhn at LEA 25.

The Labyrinth Experience requires a Second Life Experience to animate you, teleport you, and attach items of use to your avatar temporarily while on this sim. It is an adventure and you have search and find clues in order to get out of the Labyrinth. But it is not just the inital labyrinth where you have to find your way out. During your stay, you have to find objects that interact via left-clicking, and some that are required to find to advance to the next location/level! To start your adventure you need to click “Enter The Labyrinth” at the provided landmark to The Labyrinth Experience.

The Labyrinth Experience – Entering the first level labyrinth

The Labyrinth Experience is based on the movie Labyrinth from 1986, with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Jim Henson. You can see a trailer of this movie here.

I myself was not familiar with the movie and I watched the trailer and got some background information on wikipedia: “Labyrinth is a 1986 musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive-produced by George Lucas. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, whom Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie).

Labyrinth – the film from 1986

The New York Times reported that Labyrinth had a budget of $25 million. The film was a box office disappointment, grossing $12.9 million during its U.S. theatrical run. But although it was met with a mixed critical response upon its initial release, Labyrinth has since gained a large cult following.” (excerpt from wikipedia)

The Labyrinth Experience – Impressions of the 2nd level labyrinth

I entered The Labyrinth Experience and began my adventure in the inital labyrinth, which is quite colourful decorated with glowing plants and thus offers really nice views. Once I found the exit I had to talk with two guards at the exit door and select one of two doors. I don’t know if I took the right door. It took me to another maze and from there I came to a platform that looked like one of the early video games, for sure this platform is a reference to them.

The Labyrinth Experience – more impressions

This platform wasn’t easy to leave, but somehow I made my way out ….. an fall into a tube filled with green slime and was transfered to the next level, a strange world, obviously contaminated. There were bald trees, green toxic fog, an old plant in the background, not a world you’d like to stay in for long. From there I came to a lovely ballroom, that I enjoyed exploring. First I was a bit unsure whether that’s the end of the adventure as I couldn’t find any way out, found no hint but also no sign “End”.

The Labyrinth Experience – Impressions of the ballroom

I found my way out and landed in another environment that looked a bit like after a war. But there were toys that I collected by colliding and in the middle was a container with a fully equipped children´s room. Some of the toys there work when you click them. There’s also a shelf with cuddly toys and you can bring the toys you collected by colliding to the shelf and get the toy for your inventory.

The Labyrinth Experience – some more impressions

The next level brought me to a futuristic underground station and from there to a scifi city. I had to be brave not to run away from the robot guards in this town. I found Goblin Inc. and entered their offices…. and found my way to the last level which I had to explore in mouselook and which led to the exit door.

The Labyrinth Experience – finding my way out

The exit brought me to an exhibition with some really nice pieces of art, mostly animated. This exhibtion itself was worth the effort of the the adventure before.

All levels of The Labyrinth Experience are artful and offer outstanding views and most probably a lot of details for those familiar with the film Labyrinth. I did not reveal how to get from one level to the other. You have to find out yourself. I had really fun with solving the riddles, with interacting and I enjoyed the views and took many pictures. Be sure not to miss The Labyrinth Experience.

The Labyrinth Experience – the reward at the end is a great exhibition

Many thanks to Subversive Vavoom and Rhodan Kuhn for creating The Labyrinth Experience.

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Simploring 2018 (85) The Pines at Jacobs Pond

Inspired by a picture I saw on SL Destinations  I visited “The pines at Jacobs Pond”. What caught my eye was that this sim was just set into Autumn mode showing the foliage, a season that I really like. There’re a lot of blog posts about “The pines at Jacobs Pond”, I’m by far not the first one who visited it and wrote about it. But for me it was new.

Impressions of “The Pines at Jacobs Pond” (1)

The pines at Jacobs Pond” is a family sim, a moderate homestead, owned by a group named “End of Time”, founded by Liu (liu kaos). There’s not that much to see nor to explore. “The pines at Jacobs Pond” is an American village, a village that could be anywhere in the Northeast of the US. Some stores are along the main street, a gas station, a grocery store, a laundry. Besides the stores there are many residential homes along the main street as well as parallel to it. A little food market offers regional good and, according to the seasom pumpkins. All is quite neat.
The colours of Autumn, the falling leaves are just beautiful and add to the feeling of being somewhere in the Northeast.

Impressions of “The Pines at Jacobs Pond” (2)

What else would you expect? Yes, a little stadium. In this case it is a baseball stadium and the local club plays in the Second Life Little League. On one side of the island is a fishing pond, a stable for horses, a hunting hut and you can also see some deers. That’s it. At least that’s what I saw. Nonetheless it is a small piece of paradise, normal life, a sleepy village, a place to retreat into family life, be it at night or on the weekend – and I liked it.

Impressions of “The Pines at Jacobs Pond” (3)

Did I miss anything? Yes, a church, a New England Baptist Church is missing at least for me to make “The Pines at Jacobs Pond” perfect.
Of course I took not just one picture. The foliage offers a particular atmosphere in Second Life as well as in Real Life. Thank you Liu (liu kaos) for sharing the sim with the public. It felt like a short visit to the Northeast.

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Simploring 2018 (84) A new joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

At La Maison d’Aneli a new joined exhibition of 5 artists has been opened on Wednesday, September 26th. It features the art of: ChrisTower Dae, Solkide Auer & Magda Schmidtzau, Kirle Adamski and Dantelicia Ethaniel. All artists have a different focus which makes the exhibition varied and enjoyable. When you enter La Maison d’Aneli you get a folder offered which contains some information about the artists. I used some of this information in my following text.

ChrisTower Dae, Solkide Auer & Magda Schmidtzau, Kirle Adamski and Dantelicia Ethaniel featured in a joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

Kirle Adamski, is a selftaught artist from Denmark who started painting in 1997 and had her first exhibition in Denmark in 2000. Kirlie expresses herself in strong colours. She says that she never decides a motive before painting, there’s no plan, in the end the painting expresses herself at the time it was made. Kirlie’s paintings are in watercolour and copied from RL paintings. She had several exhibitions in RL as well as in SL.

Impressions of Kirle Adamski’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

Dantelicia Ethaniel is a French plastic artist and fashion designer in first life, Dantelicia has embraced the virtuality of Second Life almost 10 years ago. She got passionate about SL photography early on and uses it to create a bridge with traditional painting effects such as water colors or acrylic she practiced in her everyday life.

Impressions of Dantelicia Ethaniel’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

Solkide Auer tries to express his ideas through different sculptures. He started creating geometrical shapes then used more difficult techniques such as “the shade”, which gives the possibility to manipulate a unique prim in a very complex way. As a result he obtained unexpected and different shapes quite unlike the ones anyone can find around. Solkide Auer’s art has been exhibited at several galleries and museums within SL but he has also transfered his art into RL exhibitions be it printed or be it shown as 3D on monitors.

Impressions of Solkide Auer’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

At La Maison d’Aneli Solkide’s art work is part of an exhibition named “Might of Soul” that features pictures of Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) who is a passionate phortographer in RL. In Second Life she plays with the possibilites of this virtual world and tries to convey the magic that she sees. Maddy had already quite a lot exhibitions within SL. Maddy’s pictures exhibitied at La Maison d’Aneli are both, RL pictures and artificially processed pictures taken in Second Life. The combination of Solkide’s geometrical shapes and shades with the pictures of Maddy makes this exhibtion unique.

Impressions of Maddy’s (Magda Schmidtzau) art at La Maison d’Aneli

ChrisTower Dae is an Italian photographer. Chris shows at La Maison D’Aneli portrait pictures taken in Second Life, mainly female. The pictures impress by their perfection as well as by the facial expression. The avatars have a unique soul and the viewer can sense the emotions transfered with the portraits. Chris places the face mostly at a side of his pictures, not showing the whole head which might contribute to the facination of the portraits.

Impressions of ChrisTower Dae’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for this great joined exhibtion, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

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Simploring 2018 (83) Gregfield – Pleasure Land

For my simploring tour on Saturday, September 22nd, I picked a landmark, that Angelique gave to me the day before when we talked about my regular tours and about the beauty of some virtual environments: “Gregfield – Pleasure Land“.
The landmark description sounded promising: “TOS rule! Human avatars only! Explore and take pictures/photos in beautiful nature. Meet with friends and hang out.
Given the provided tags “Mature, young, cougar, babygirl, dad, family, mom, son, daughter, naughty sex, taboo, incest, bdsm, lesbian house” it’s also quite evident that the place is for adults only.
Gregfield is a full sim owned by Gregor Famveldt (schlips). The landing is a bit off the main island and offers some information as well as some places to sit. In addition there are boards explaining again the quite simple and almost self-evident rules. You enter the main island walking over a small bridge and at it’s end is a teleporter pad that you can use to visit the main spots more easily.

Overview Gregfield – Pleasure Land

I used the teleporter pad to get a first impression and visited all provided destinations to generate the above orientation map. There’s just one destination that’s not on this map named A-Frame. It leads to a sky sphere with a vacation home and a nice balcony from where you have a nice look into the nature that is displayed on the Sphere. The vacation home is a A-Frame house. I knew this type of houses yet I learned the term “A-Frame” when writing this post and looking for an English word.

Impressions of Gregfield (1) – Landing area (upper left) / Beach (upper right) / A-Frame (lower left and right)

Gregfield is really another beautiful and peaceful sim. After my quick tour with the teleporter pads I explored it on foot and there’re lots of nice places to sit and hang out and to enjoy. All houses are furnished and offer furniture with adult animations. Also the numerous benches, chairs, rugs and contain adult animations.

Impressions of Gregfield (2) – Bonkhouse (upper left) / Glamping tent (lower left) / Reader’s Home (upper and lower right)

Gregfield is as varied as I assumed already from the list of tags. There’s a bit of everything but it fits well into one sim. Be it for romance, for lesbians or for bdsm, you’ll find it here. The lighthouse and the open air bar and dance floor are built on a plateau and in the underground is a maze with rooms for D/s play. The entrances to the maze are hidden, one is close to the dance floor.

Impressions of Gregfield (3) – Waterfall Area (upper left) / Mountain Lodge (lower left) / Lighthouse and outdoor bar (upper right) / inside the Underground maze (lower right)

Of course I also visited the Lesbian Cottage. I like that the kinky parts of Gregfield don’t stick out on the first glance and that’s also true for the Lesbian Cottage from the outside as well as from inside.

Impressions of Gregfield (4) – Lesbian Cottage (upper and lower left) / Scenic View House (upper right) / Scenic Environment at Gregfield (lower right)

I enjoyed my visit, in particular I enjoyed the environment and the lovely views. But for sure I missed a lot of details on this first visit. Gregfield is worth a second visit. And if you seek a spot to retreat for a romantic date you’ll find an appropriate place here.
Thank you, Gregor for providing your sim to the public.

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Simploring 2018 (82) Destiny Gardens

Inspired once again by SL Destinations and the pictures published by AJ (anyajurelle) in her blog “AJ’s Second Life – Travel Guide” I had a look at Inara Pey’s blog post “Destiny Gardens in Second Life” and decided to visited Destiny Gardens.

Impressions of Destiny Gardens (1) – around the landing point

Destiny Gardens is a full, moderate sim owned by Destiny Milos and as I learned from Inara’s post it was primarily landscaped by Adalynne Romano (AdalynneReed). To put it in one word – it is just beautiful!
At the landing point are places to sit and to play chess and I discovered a sculpture created by Mistero Hifeng. During my visit I came across of some more of Mistero Hifeng’s sculptures, most of them I had seen before. They add perfectly into the beautiful environment. The landing point area, that is located on a hill, I went down to the shore and took the trail that leads you around the island and into the inside.

Impressions of Destiny Gardens (2)

I personally was overwhelmed by the views. The ground is covered by blooming wild flowers, the trees are planted thoughtfully to provide shade and to add to the composition of colours. The trails lead over all kinds of bridges that you’d expect in a garden. And there are a lot more places to stop and sit down admiring the beauty of nature, a true virtual paradise.

Impressions of Destiny Gardens (3) – around the two residential houses

Exploring Destiny Gardens you will find 2 residential homes that blend in perfectly, their roofs are covered with moss, their own gardens are neat and offer more places to sit again.

Impressions of Destiny Gardens (4)

I also found an French garden with accurate cut hedges and, what a contrast, with several buxus cut into the form of a bunny. Behind the formal garden is another patio that invites to sit down and relax.

Impressions of Destiny Gardens (5)

I spent an hour admiring Destiny Gardens and taking pictures and had a very enjoyable time. Thank you, Destiny Milos for providing your lovely place to the public.

Landmark to Destiny Gardens
Inara Pey’s blog post “Destiny Gardens in Second Life”
Pictures of Destiny Gardens in “AJ’s Second Life – Travel Guide”

Simploring 2018 (81) Alphalune Creations Gallerie – Barry Richez

In July I visited the exhibition “Dreams in Space Fractals” by Barry Richez at R&D Gallery in Diomita (read here). Now Barry Richez has opened his own gallery, the “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” of paintings and sculptures and he invited me over to see it.

Barry Richez is a French artist. In Real Life he creates sculptures made of raku (Raku is a type of Japanese pottery) and digital paintings. In Second Life he started 2008 with some digital paintings and simple sculptures. When he progressed to more complex sculptures and fractals he participated at different contests, especially at the University of Australia in second life (UWA). Barry Richez won several prices, has created sims within the LEA program and had numerous exhibitions – and has an own gallery now.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (1) – The court between the high rise buildings with the entrance to the gallery with the paintings and to the part with the sculptures, lower right is the sculpture “Quantum”

The “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” is divided in 2 parts, one is dedicated to Barry’s sculptures and one to his digital paintings and fractals. Each part has it’s own highrise building. The landmark leads to a court between the two buildings, where Barry placed a big award winning sculpture made in 2011 and named “Electroman”. It is recommended to set your viewer to “midnight” in order to get the right impression of the art.

I first visited the part with the sculptures. There are 5 levels and you travel between them with teleporters. The sculptures have enough room to unfold their effects. On the gound level you find the sculpture “Quantum” from 2013 as well as two scuptures that allow you to become part of it, “Imagination” and “Freedom”.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (2) – upper left is another view of the sculpture “Quantum”, upper right the installation “Freedom” (with myself inside of it), lower left is called “Imagination” and lower right is myself as a part of “Imagination”

On level 2 I found the the scuplture “Peace and Love” that was also exhibited at the R&D gallery, the whole level 4 is occupied by the installation “Love impossible” and level 5 is dominated by the scupltures “Body Fan” and “Transformations”.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (3) – upper left “Peace and Love”, upper right “Love Impossible”, lower left “Body Fan”, lower right “Tansformation”

Barry Richez’s sculptures are outstanding, they impress as single, alone standing objects. They look different from every viewing angle and depending on light. And you can discover new details every time you look at them. The whole sculpture part of the gallery impressed me a lot. You can also purchase most of the sculptures if you have enough space and prim allowance to rezz them at your own place.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (4)

In the second high rise building you find Barry’s digital paintings. They are arranged by themes on several levels, that are connected by a central staircase. And you can also purchase them.

Thank you Barry for inviting me over, your art is outstanding, I really like it a lot. I strongly recommend a visit of the “Alphalune Creations Gallerie”

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