Simploring 2019 (116) Hotel California – Off the Grid

In April 2019 I visited Hotel California, an adult sim owned by Lex Machine (schmexysbuddy) (see Simploring 2019 (46) Hotel California). When I looked for a place to visit at SL Destinations for my simploring tour Sunday, November 17th, I came across Hotel California again, this time with the subtitle “Off the Grid” and the pictures indicated that it is about art. I read Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: Hotel California ‘Off the Grid’” before going there myself. Maddy wrote that he visits Hotel California regularly and that the sim is changed every 4 weeks. He also wrote that it is not only owned by Lex Machine (schmexysbuddy) but also by Racey Boom (Raceyy). The name rang a bell. I visited Skull Creek, just last month (see Simploring 2019 (106) Autumn @ Skull Creek) and Skull Creek is owned by Racey Boom (Raceyy).

The current installation is described in the landmark description with “When the power goes out, you’re left with nothing but what’s inside your head” and is tagged with “Space, cyber, apocalyptic, photography, photo, art sim, art, photography sim

Hotel California – Off the Grid: bird eye views

Hotel California – Off the Grid has absolutely nothing to do with the sim I visited back in April, the only combining element is that by then also some art was displayed. And now the whole sim is packed with art. Hotel California is an artifical island in the endless sea. It is quite flat, the ground is made of steel panels and 8 highrise buildings grow into the sky. You see power poles and some single trees growing through the steel panels (I counted 6 trees) – and art objects that are spread all over the place.

Each single object including the skyscrapers is worth a detailed look. Now the landmark description makes sense: “When the power goes out, you’re left with nothing but what’s inside your head“.

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: The horses from Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii) did remind me of Mistero Hifeng. The woman laying on stairs is also created by Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii). The old coach nearby is from danielitosway

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: Another laying woman by Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii), the “elefants” with the long stilt legs are from Paco Pooley, the tree stumps with the hearts are created by Cica Ghost.

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: The prison court with the watch tower is created by DRD (deathrowdesigns), the tied hulk of a man is created by Holy (Qutsal Alex), the couple is from Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii)

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: The phone is from danielitosway, the gear wheels from Noke Yuitza and the hourglass is created by Zelest (Zelest Fall) , the skyscrapers are designed by Nite Row (nitergloom) and look at the hands at 2 of the skyscrapers, these are from Groll (Groll Greggan)

Hotel California – Off the Grid is a thoughtfully installation of art objects together with objects usually used for other purposes. These objects were all created for the Second Life grid (from the grid). They are, I assume, a personal art collection of Lex Machine (schmexysbuddy) and Racey Boom (Raceyy). The power poles refer to the Landmark description …. when the power goes out…

Thank you Lex and Racey for making your this collection available for us all.

Landmark to Hotel California – Off the Grid
Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: Hotel California ‘Off the Grid'”

Simploring 2019 (110) Rocks by Cica Ghost

Yesterday I got an invitation by Cica to visit her newest installation “Rocks by Cica Ghost“, that opened November 3rd. And I went there right away late at night.

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (1)

This time Cica Ghost art is presented by Sim Quarterly, a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar —you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (2)

Rocks by Cica Ghost” is an island with … rocks! All is grey tones, the windlight submerges the island in turquoise, the clouds glow in orange. All rocks are painted and thus Cica’s rocks become a world of it’s own. I recognized a lot of Cica’s themes be it cats or snails. You see “Cica-ish” flowers, trees and houses on the rocks. There are no ohter plants than those painted on the rocks, no green grass, just rocks and some groups of naked floral stems. The girl from “Frogs” (read simploring 2017 (9) Frogs by Cica Ghost) has a reappearance and you find her painting the rocks.

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (3)

As usual humans become dwarfs in Cica’s worlds. The rocks are huge and so are the painted animals, houses, and flowers. It is fun to immerge yourself into “Rocks by Cica Ghost“. It warmed my heart seeing all the funny and peaceful animals and to recognize Cica’s humor at every corner. If you hoover your mouse over some of the rocks you can dance in front of some rocks or sit on others. This adds to fun and it is what “Rocks by Cica Ghost” is intended for – getting out from every day life (even in SL), dance, laugh and have fun!

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (4)

Thank you Cica for another great installation and thank you Electric Monday for your initiave and for hosting “Rocks by Cica Ghost“. I do look forward to visit Sim Quarterly and it’s art projects again.

Landmark to Rocks by Cica Ghost
Sim Quarterly website
Sim Quarterly flickr page

Simploring 2019 (94) Silly by Cica Chost at Yasminia

Sunday, September 8th, I got an invitation to visit Cica Ghost newest installation called “Silly”. I visited right away. The first thing though that caught my attention was the name of the sim where Silly is located: Yasminia!

I connect a lot with this sim. It was the homeplace of Yasmin’s brat pack, the family of my first owner Yasmin Heartsdale. It was the place where I spend most of my time in 2011 and 2012, a place with which I associate many fond memories and many friends. That Yasminia is long gone and I revisted another Yasminia in 2016, when it was a pastoral peaceful place. I wrote a blogpost about my visit in 2016 and added also links and a picture of the first Yasminia here:

And now Yasminia is the place where Cica built Silly! What a coincidence!

Silly by Cica Ghost – inviatation Card / at the landing point

Silly by Cica Ghost is great fun. Those who are familiar with Cica’s art and her animals and beings, sense Cica’s humor at once. The environment is kept in green, blue, purple and yellow. Huge mushrooms provide some shadows, at the corners are huge (green) cooling towers (well, that’s what these objects looked like to me *winks), there’s a lake and there are many of Cica-ish huge animals and beings with their big eyes. They are looking at the visitors with curiosity and as always, they are peaceful and bear with the visitors.

Impressions of Silly by Cica Ghost (1)

Instead of flowers, arms and feet grow out of the ground, they wave and move up and down, just as if humans would live under the surface, some of them sticking their arms trough the ground to feel how it is outside and others as if they are stuck in the ground upside down and stick their feet out. Silly .. and funny.

Impressions of Silly by Cica Ghost (2)

At Silly by Cica Ghost you can be childish or simply have fun. You can grab a gift, a purple bug, sit on it and fly around. You can sit on some of Cica’s beings. For that just hoover your mouse over the boxes which you find close to some of them. But be careful, some of these boxes are traps and you vanish in them, just your feet stick out, so that you can be a part of the above mentioned feet and hands sticking out of the ground. I had fun!

Impressions of Silly by Cica Ghost (3)

There’s a lot more to discover or to look at, like the butterflies that fly around. Or you “sit” on the big Cica-being which lives on a seperate island next to one of the cooling towers (the one that is shown on Cica’s invitation card). Or you watch the Cica octopussy who lives in the lake. As always, Cica provided also a short idea in the landmark’s description:
Q: What is a cat’s favorite color?
A: PURRRR-ple.

Silly by Cica Ghost is what the name implies – silly. For me one of her best installations. I had great fun. Thank you Cica!

Landmark to Silly by Cica Ghost

Simploring 2019 (80) Dogwood by Cica Ghost

Wednesday, July 17th, Cica Ghost opened her newest installation “Dogwood” and I had the opportunity to visit the very same day at night. As always Cica provided a quote for the sim, related to her creation and for the visitors to think about:
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen

Dogwood by Cica Ghost is a meagre island, there’s no grass and no leaves, no flowers and no sun. There’re just some bare bushes, some hills, some “Cica-ish” buildings peek through the foggy environment – one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Close to the landing point is the first dog, that you’d expect given the name of the sim. Of course it is a big dog, as almost all of Cica’s animals are tall compared to the human visitors. You can sit on the dog near the landing point and I tried that out. Too bad, the dog didn’t start to carry me around, hence I had to continue exploring Dogwood by Cica Ghost on foot.

Impression of my visit to Dogwood by Cica Ghost (1)

The dogs are not the only animals you find at Dogwood by Cica Ghost. There are even more birds. They all sozialize and stand in groups or are at least two stand together looking at eachother. While some of the dogs live behind fences, the birds do have more freedom. I walked into the buildings. They contain the possibility to sit and they are decorated inside with simple drawings or with simple furniture. You will also find some hanging chairs at several of the bushes. These can also be used to sit and to watch what is going on at Dogwood by Cica Ghost.

The tallest building can only be accessed by a large stair. At it’s top sits a dragon overlooking the whole sim and guarding a flower. Did I say, there’re no flower at Dogwood by Cica Ghost? Ok, there is just this one (and you can buy it and support Cica by getting it).

Impression of my visit to Dogwood by Cica Ghost (2) – the dragon and the flower

Anything else? Yes! Cica already hinted to me that there’s a cat hidden at Dogwood by Cica Ghost. And I visited it. The cat lives on a small island just next to the bigger main island and it looks a bit lost. Nonetheless the cat made me smile and hopefully I made her smile too.

Impression of my visit to Dogwood by Cica Ghost (3) – trying some possibilities to sit and visiting Cica Ghost’s cat on it’s small island

The quote “…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower” is fitting quite well to Dogwood by Cica Ghost, but nonetheless you have to make up your mind on your own. For me it was fun to see the newest “Cica-ish” animals in their own little world and I hope the the sun will shine for them soon again, Thank you Cica for another nice and thoughtful creation.

Dome more impressions of my visit to Dogwood by Cica Ghost

As Cica’s sims don’t stay available very long, I recommend a visit soon

Landmark to Dogwood by Cica Ghost

Simploring 2019 (76) Malaika Park

For my simploring tour on Saturday, June 22nd, I picked Malaika Park from SL Destinations. There were already quite some blog posts published about Malaika Park and I read Inara Pey’s post “Exploring Malaika Park in Second Life” before I visited it myself.

Malaika Park is a full region owned by Leroy Voorhees and home for a few people. According to Inara Pey Malaika Park was created by Leroy Voorhees along with Gabriel2009, Wayne (waynenz), Sangi Phaeton and JJ Goodman. The groud level is publically accessible and looks like a Mediterrean town.

Malaika Park – overview

The landing is at the court of this little town, right next to a bar and to the quite large yacht harbour. The relation between the large yacht harbour and the town itself reminded me a bit of St. Tropez in France, in particular as Malaika Park is full of art pieces.

Malaika Park: Heart hands by reycharles and Senza vestito by Mistero Hifeng (left) / Snacks and bar (right)

I walked from the court along the the pier to the snack bar and saw the “Heart hands” created by reycharles, who’s gallery I visited in March (read Simploring 2019 (28) Rey’s Gallery) and one of several sculptures created by Mistero Hifeng that are spread at Malaika Park.

Malaika Park: court (upper left) / Merfolk Maiden by Lucas Lameth (lower left) / Blue and White no. 3 by Jake Vordun (upper right) / La…chiamano realta’ by Mistero Hifeng (lower right)

Close to the court is another large sculpture by Mistero Hifeng, La…chiamano realta’, and a modern sculpture by Jake Vordun (Blue and White no. 3). I visited the cafe and walked to its roof, where you have a nice view over the harbour. On the roof ou find 2 more sculpture from Jake Vordun (Diana and Actaeon). At the time of my visit a big cruise ship laid along the other pier. It reminded me of the current debate about cruise ships in Venice as this one clearly dominates the view on Malaika Park. I assume it is just temporary. The cruise ship is part of SL Pride and use as a big party ship.

Malaika Park: cafe with sculptures Diana and Actaeon by Jake Vordun (left) / SL Pride cruise ship (right)

At the end smaller pier is another scupture of Jake Vordun (Red No.1) and I came across a guitar player from Cica Ghost and I saw two sculptures form Lucas Lameth (Merfolk Maiden and Merfolk Guard). All the art is placed with care and the pieces do fit to their location. The art can fully develop this way and it is a pleasure to see and enjoy it.

Malaika Park: Merfolk Guard by Lucas Lameth (upper left) / paddle boats (lower left) / Boy with guitar anim. by Cica Ghost (upper right) / Red No. 1 by Jake Vordun (lower right)

I continued my exploring tour of Malaika Park and saw many more sculptures. I saw La vita…imparare vorra’ and Dentro corpi liberi from Mistero Hifeng. The later is unusal colourful for Mistero and a nice transition to Cica Chost’s “man 5” who holds a balloon and her matchstick animation “Cica’s Little Boat”.

Malaika Park: La vita…imparare vorra’ by Mistero Hifeng (upper left) / Dentro corpi liberi by Mistero Hifeng (upper right) / man 5 and Little Boat by Cica Ghost (lower pictures)

The colourful town houses are not furnished, but on the other side of Malaika Park you find (surprise *winks*) more art like another modern sculpture from Jake Vordun (Fancy Decor: Grantaire Sculpture). There are two residential home on this sime of Malaika Park, one is on the plateau of a rock overlooking the town and Gabriel2009 has his atelier here. It’s worth a look at it.

Views of the other side of Malaika Park, upper right picture shows Fancy Decor: Grantaire Sculpture by Jake Vordun

I ended my exploring tour visiting the pool and the games area.

Malaika Park: Gabriel2009’s Atelier (left pictures) / pool (upper right) and games area (lower right)

As far as I understood, Malaika Park is constantly changing a little bit. I assume that art is added here and there or that room is made for events like the cruise ship that was there during my visit. I really enjoyed how the pieces of art are placed at Malaika Park. This alone is worth a visit. Thank you Leroy Voorhees and all others involved from creating this sim and for sharing it with the public.

Landmark to Malaika Park
Inara Pey’s post “Exploring Malaika Park in Second Life”

Simploring 2019 (73) Cubes by Cica Ghost

Cica Ghost’s last installation “Luna Park” was opened June 15th. I’m glad that I saw it (read Simploring 2019 (72) Luna Park by Cica Ghost) because already yesterday on Monday, June 24th, I got an invitation for “Cubes“, her newest Installation, which was built on the same sim, hence Luna Park has to be removed.

Cica told me that visitor numbers at Luna Park were no satisfying. One reason might have been the SLB16 event, but who knows? Anyway, Cica decided to tear down Luna Park and to make room for something new and when the sim was empty she began to play a bit around with cubes .. for fun. But then she was so content with the result that she decided to share her little experiment.

Cubes by Cica Ghost

Cubes is installed on an empty island. The ground is dry like in a desert and in the corners of the island is one single tree each, more the skeleton of a tree without any leaves. The landing is next to one of these trees and you hear already a strange sound caused by falling blocks made of solid concret. The cubes fall like hail out of a dark sky, they fall randomly, they roll around until all of the engery from the fall is comsumed. They build towers sometimes, their movements are unpredicatable.

Cubes by Cica Ghost – bird’s eye view

The cubes are physcial objects. Therefore you can bit hit by them (luckily in Second life, you’ll survive it when you’re hit). I walked a little bit around, tried to climb up the blocks but I fall down again when the block vanished to make room for new falling blocks. There’re two different sizes of blocks.

As always you’ll have to interpret Cica Chost’s art yourself and everybody does see different things. The quote Cica Ghost gives away with “Cubes” is from Erno Rubik: “The Cube is an imitation of life itself – or even an improvement on life.”

exploring Cubes by Cica Ghost

I can see that Cica had fun experimenting with randomly falling objects. I asked her where she placed her cat because there’s none this time. She didn’t answer my question but I can answer it myself: it is too dangerous for Cica’s cats at “Cubes

Diomita meets Cica Ghost – I tried another brighter windlight setting to get a different impression of “Cubes”

I don’t know how long you might be able to see Cica’s Cubes, even Cica can’t tell and will decide that spontaneously. So hurry up to see it. Thank you Cica for sharing your experiment.

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Simploring 2019 (72) Luna Park by Cica Ghost

I got an invitation from Cica to visit her newest creation “Luna Park“, that was opened June 15th, and I visited as soon as I could, Sunday, June 16th.

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. (Walt Disney)” is the quote Cica gives us on our way exploring the Luna Park. I do like this quote a lot, in particular for Cica’s creations. Her Luna Park is again full of little details to discover. On the landing point some large coloured rings dropped on my head from a pipe and I had to move away quickly (thus making room for new visitors). As usual I made a zoom out picture to get a bird’s eye view on Luna Park. In the center is a place to dance. The place is filled with 4 quite giant beings that look a bit scary first, but then when you join their dancing it is really fun and you laugh and smile (I did at least).

There are a few elements known from Cica’s former creations. On a stage you see a band playing music for the dancers. The band members are cats, dressed like humans this time. I looked out for other cats but Cica seems to have either hidden them too well or didn’t add more.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (1)

You might recognize Cica’s frogs in a corner of Luna Park. They seem to have found a new home. A set of “houses” are placed in another corner of the park. The houses look like flutes. An animal that I had not seen before in any of Cica’s worlds is the crocodile. One lives by the “houses”, another is swimming in the sea close to the landing point, right next to a ship.

There’re several opportunities to sit, be it in the cups carried by the ship or on the chairs that are at other places. Or you can enter a flying object, that looks again like a flute and watch what is woing on at Luna Park from another persepctive.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (2)

The windlight provided by Cica highlights some elements of Luna Park very nicely but is a bit dark for pictures. I tried another lighter windlight setting that is better for taking pictures but doesn’t fit to the park. You might need to try out yourself, which is the right setting for you. I recommend Cica’s setting for exploring though. I won’t try to provide an interpretation for Luna Park. I personally had fun and explored Luna Park like a grown up kid, curious what to see and eager to try out what’s at Luna Park.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (3)

As usual, Cica will leave her Luna Park open for a while, maybe 2 weeks or 4 weeks or even longer. Don’t hesitate to visit soon. Thank you Cica for the fun that I had discovering Luna Park.

Landmark to Luna Park

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