Simploring 2017 (81) Deadman’s Island

For simploring on Saturday, October 7th, I selected “Deadman’s Island” form the editor picks of the SL Desination guide. It’s description read promising for this time of the year “Deadman’s Island is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted! Are you looking to visit somewhere dark, ominous and creepy? Deadman’s Island will leave you feeling like someone is right behind you… watching… waiting… ” and the tags that come with with landmark do fit as well to the season we’re in now “halloween, apparitions, creepy, horror, photography, photos, haunted, asylum, clowns, cemetary, popular, forest, scary, spiders, dead, demon, zombie, blood

October 7th: Deadman’s Island – overview

October 7th: Deadman’s Island – impressions (1)

Deadman’s Island is owned by Alex Luciano (alexandrasadie) and the word dark fits for it. Beside some shabby wooden buildings the island is covered with forest. You will find a lot of dead bodies and a creatures that seems to be a strange mixture of a dog and a dinosaur on your discovery tour. And if there’s someone alive and is a members of Alex Luciano’s group they wear the tag “I’m dead”.
On my way from the landing point to the building that seems to be the main building I came across one of these creatures. When I wanted to enter the building, I was teleported to another building, an asylum.

October 7th: Deadman’s Island – impressions (2)

October 7th: Deadman’s Island – impressions (3)

Wherever you go on Deadman’s Island – blood, deads, scary creatures, rats, spiders … I went to the cemetery and to the chapel. And I visited the ghost ship. The ghostship is something particular as the ship is really tranperent like a ghost and it looks different from every angle. I haven’t seen it in Second Life before. I recommend to enter all buildings if you like scary scenes – there’s no room withough something bloody and scary. And if you can, then turn you sound on, it adds a lot to the scary and dark mood. Also don’t miss to climb up the lighthouse, as you have a great view on the ghostship from up there. On my way from the lighthouse back to the landing point I found a board that gives a free witch hat, which is really good. Don’t miss to grab one. There I also met Alex and I took a picture of us. She was absent but we talked later.

October 7th: Deadman’s Island – impressions (4)

Deadman’s Island is for sure worth a visit, particularly during Halloween season. Thank you for providing your island to us all, Alex.

Landmark to Deadman’s Island
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lost%20Spirits/42/153/26

Simploring 2017 (63) Temprus – My Secret Garden

Tuesday, August 1st, I made another simploring tour. I found Temprus My Secret Garden in the SL Destination guide  under the category art.
Temprus, home to Art in the Park, is featuring the work of Ilyra Chardin in a full sim, immersive art installation. Begin your exploration with “normal” gardens that quickly lead both to the secret garden and to Art in the Park.”

Upon your landing, you choose to either walk along the shoreline to “Art in the Park” or to see “My Secret Garden. I first explored “Art in the Park”, a gallery within a park just by the shoreline. There are paintings of several artists that have exhibitions also somewhere else like Sandi Benelli, Maxie Daviau, CybeleMoon (Hana Hobinoo), Kayleigh Lavende and ilyra chardin herself, who owns “Temprus My Secret Garden“. As far as I understood, the paintings are changing, there’re also particular exhibitions, which are announced either in a group, that you can join, or on the homepage for the sim “Temprus Times“.

“Art in the park” at Temprus – My Secret Garden

After my visit to the “Art in the Park”, I follwed the path to “My Secret Garden”. The stairs and the path end at a hut with a board “Just a garden shed. Nothin’ interesting here! KEEP OUT! This means YOU!!!” Of course that reads like an invitation to have a look, and I looked inside.

There’s nothing inside but the end of a tunnel that leads you below the big massive rocks to the other part of the island – and to a house with a garden in which art of ilyra chardin is exhibited. Is this the “My Secret Garden?” Honestly I have no idea. It is nice and tasteful though – or is “My Secret Garden” the farmstead, that covers most of this part of the island beyound the massive rock? I had a look around and enjoyed the silence and the peace. There’re also some children playing (mesh dolls) but ecept ot them, I saw none a the whole farmstead. At one end of the farmstead is a crooked and high frame house and I climbed on it just for the view over the island. From there I could see a beach which was my next point to visit.

Exploring the path to “My Secret Garden”? at Temprus – My Secret Garden

At the beach you find a scene that reminded me of Gulliver’s Travels by the Irish writer Jonathan Swift. Or is that scene related to anything else?

At the Northern end of the island is a row of industrial or warhouse houses, a crane and the submarine Nautilus. Again a scenery that doesn’t fit to the farmstead and seems to be of another world. And there’s this woman selling flowers and veggies … strange. There might be more to discover that will bring some more light into this, but I was lacking time.

Farmstead (upper left), Gulliver (upper right), Nautilus (lower left) and Nautilus Harbour (lower right) at Temprus – My Secret Garden

The last edge of “Temprus My Secret Garden“, that I explored was Maycomb. It is spearated from the farmstead and the other parts of the island by a steep rock wall on one side and by the massive rock that parts the island by the other side. What you see is just one road, on the first glance I assumed that this road and the houses along it are a reproduction of the real Maycomb, Alabama in the United States. It looks at least typical, the map, that is shown on a baord at the entrance of the street looks real – but Maycomb, Alabama is a fiction from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee published in 1960. The primary themes of “To Kill a Mockingbird involve” racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. The story takes place during three years (1933–35) of the Great Depression in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama, the seat of Maycomb County (source Wikipedia)

My visit to “Temprus My Secret Garden” was very varied, I enjoyed art as well as nature and some fictional places of novels, literature in 3D 🙂
Thank you, ilyra chardin!

Landmark to Temprus – My Secret Garden
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FrieNDS%20R%20Us/27/26/23
Homepage – Temprus Times
http://temprustimes.blogspot.de/
ilyra chardin at deviant Art
https://ilyrachardin.deviantart.com/

Simploring 2017 (62) The Mind of The Machine

I looked into the SL Destination guide again for my next simploring tour. In the category art I chose to visit “The Art Rocket“. The SL Destination guide isn’t always up-to-date. In particular the sims presenting art within the LEA Program are changing quite often, at least twice a year. The landmark led me to LEA 19 and to The Mind of The Machine“, an installation of Rage Darkstone. I landed in the center of turning coloured discs, spirals and other geometric forms which are placed into a cube with a checked pattern of colours.

The moving objects produce a quickly changing background. Any gap is filled with the checked pattern of the surrounding cube. There’s a vehicle rezzer, the vehicle is sort of a gondola of a chair lift. Sitting down you can enjoy a short ride inside of the objects getting other colourful effects. The Mind of The Machine follows own patterns, produces constantly changing thoughts and effects and everybody expierences it different, there seems to be no repetition, no fixed sheme – yet we know, it is a machine and it follows a pattern.

Impressions of “The Mind of The Machine” at LEA 19

And you can dance to modern electronic music. I visited later again together with Mistress Jenny and we danced there together. I learned that moving colourful objects isn’t everybody’s taste and can be quite tiring for the eyes – probably also depending on the screen size you use for Second Life.

Diomita dancing with Mistress Jenny at LEA 19 “The Mind of The Machine”

As I love colours and taking pictures, I like the installation. Thank you, Rage Darkstone, for providing it.

Landmark to The Mind of The Machine
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/90/146/21

Simploring 2017 (60) SOOSH Art Gallery

For my simploring tour Wednesday, July 26th, I selected SOOSH Art Gallery from the SL desination guide , where it is listed under art.
“Wander through a whimsical, magical and romantic fantasy garden filled with original artwork by real life artist, SOOSH (Rox SOOSH a.k.a. Roxlette Resident). As you explore the gardens, you will see her paintings and drawings on flowers, mushrooms, fairies, unicorns, fawns, bunnies, birds, butterflies and more.”

SOOSH, an Australian artist, has had gallery shows and exhibitions in real life and studied fine art at university.
“Art is my meditation and a connection to myself, my mind, soul and spirit. I love to express myself spiritually through my art and I love sharing it with the world. I am known to create multi-layered colourful abstract pieces using healing crystals and a variety of vibrant and neutral colours. I think there is beauty and powerful energy in using crystals and many colours. Every detail I create and use has meaning and I hope to connect with others through my artwork.”

The SOOSH Gallery is embedded in a fantasy garden. In the gallery itself you find examples of SOOSH’s 2D art, colourful mostly abstract paintings as well as coloured shapes of animals. What did attract me much more is SOOSH’s fantasy garden. SOOSH’s art is spread over the garden and most pieces that you can see and buy in the gallery can be seen and bought also in the garden. Some pieces are only in the fantasy garden. At each piece you find a little board that gives out some information about it, it’s title and the price.

The garden is colourful and SOOSH art fits very well into it. Right opposite of the Gallery builing is a place with a lot of SOOSH’s art and in the middle of it are game tables with: cards against humanity, cheesy, skippo, greedy and can’t stop (I just know cards against humanity and greedy). The garden also offers some very nice places to sit and cuddle, which makes a visit very enjoyable. If you like colour, then SOOSH’s garden and her art is something you shouldn’t miss.

“Realising Shapes”, Abstract free-hand drawing on mushrooms by SOOSH – at the fantasy garden and at our home

Instead of donating I decided to buy a piece of art for our home, I got the mushrooms coloured with abstract free-hand drawing, titeled “Realising Shapes”. They will remind me of my visit and will be an eye-candy for our garden in SL.

Thank you SOOSH for your art, the gallery and the lovely garden.

Landmark to SOOSH Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bella%20Bonaire/65/214/22

SOOSH store at SL marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/188977

Simploring 2017 (59) Brand New Colony

Once again I went on a simploring tour starting with the SL Destination guide. The Destination guide is sorted by themes like art, castles, shopping etc. Brand New Colony is listed under photogenic spots and described as “a scenic, adult-oriented sim. The waterfront woodlands, beach, and dungeon are open to all adult avatars. Enjoy private intimate moments, wandering, sightseeing, exploring, photography, and meeting new people in this friendly, uninhibited environment.”
That sounds like a place for a simploring tour, doesn’t it?

From the land description I learned that Brand New Colony is the home of the Blessed Family – and everyone nice is welcome. The sim is group owned (by the group Brand New Colony). I assume that it is owned by the founder of the group Esmenet Foxdale (esmenetpink ishtari). Brand New Colony is tagged with “romantic D/s BDSM slave hangout trans TG shemale lesbian babygirl submissive dominant transgender scenic beach forest femdom tgirl t-girl sissy photography slut dungeon dom bimbo”

Brand New Colony consists of two rocky islands, that form a half circle around a bay. The sim surround is choosen excellent so that the islands fit perfectly into it, particularly when you’re on the islands and not looking on them from above. The landing point is at the boathouse an lovely place with a nice view over the bay. There’s a teleporter system that leads your around, when you don’t want to walk on foot (Destinations are: boathouse, stables, marsh house, cabin, beach, pool and dungeon).

What a lovely place! It’s peaceful and offers a lot of spots to sit and watch, to cuddle or to mediate. And as it is an adult sim, there’re also some adult animations. Brand New Colony truely is – as described in the destination guide – photogenic. I enjoyed exploring and discovering it. Of course I also went to the dungeon, which is located in a skybox. The dungeon is well equipped and cosy. It has style, not just a room full of gear, more like a club comparable to our Fetisch Club Chez Maurer or to club DeLust, but with the focus on a dungeon more than on a club.

Considering that Brand New Colony is a family owned sim, I appreciate that it is open for the public. You can sense, that was not buildt to attract visitors or to become a meeting place but as a place to wind down and to enjoy Second Life. Thank you Esmenet Foxdale for providing it to the public.

Landmark to Brand New Colony
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akhal%20Teke/137/163/22

Simploring 2017 (58) Sol and Mani

“Sol and Mani” by Fifi Candyfloss Oh at LEA 2

Scrolling through the SL Desination guide I came across Sol and Mani, an art installation of Fifi Candyfloss Oh (siouxsieincognita). Sol is the Goddess of the Sun and Mani is the God of the Moon in Norse/Germanic mythology.
Sol and Mani is an event place the main area is surrounded by sculptures of trees, displays of Sol and Mani in their chariots that are chased by wolfes. As some of the displays ar semi transparent you get different effects just depending from where and at which angle you look at them. Embedded in the (main?) display is the desk for the disc jockey and I took this place just for a picture.
I don’t know if Sol and Mani was buildt as a background for just one event, which was on July 8th or if there’ll be more events to come.

Impressions of “Sol and Mani” by Fifi Candyfloss Oh at LEA 2

Sol and Mani is embedded into another exhibition at LEA 2 by TerraMerhyem, who presents Norse/Germanic myths and legends. And Fifi Candyfloss Oh contributed to this exhibition, as far as I understood. This exhibition ends July 31st, so there’s not much time left to see it. And most probably also Sol and Mani will end July 31st then. I added just a few impressions of TerraMerhyem’s exhibition. It can be reached by a teleporter pad at Sol and Mani.

TerraMerhyem “Norse/Germanic myths and legends” at LEA 2

Fifi Candyfloss Oh is an American digital artist, builder & photographer. She has also a deviant Art account and she’s engaged at MetaHapers, a casual, easy going group of individuals. They create and publicize examples of highly imaginative art in SL, and explore how SL’s virtual world enables new artistic fusions of technology and art. And they run a website http://www.metaharpers.net/

July 21st: Diomita at LEA 2 “Sol and Mani”

Landmark to Sol and Mani
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/109/30/1500

MetaHarpers Website
http://www.metaharpers.net/

Fifi Candyfloss Oh’s deviant art account
http://candyfloss-fifi.deviantart.com/

Simploring 2017 (56) Moya

Ever heard about Moya, about Patrick Moya? No? Nor did I.
Looking for a place to visit and scrolling through the SL destination guide I came across Studio Moya: “Explore this creative, messy and chaotic art space by Patrick Moya“.
Well I did explore it stating at Moya Land.

Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct. He is an early pioneer of video art.
Moya become a digital artist since his early work on computer in the mid-80s : now, since 2007, he is the owner of a virtual Moya Land in the 3D web of Second Life.
In 2009, he participates to the first major exhibition about “Art in Second Life”, under the title “Rinascimento Virtuale ». It was in the museum of Anthropology of Florence, the City of the Renaissance, where an entire room was devoted to the “Moya civilization”.


In summer 2011, the Moya Universe is arrived to maturity, as demonstrated by the big mural-installation of 90 meters long, a fresco who told the story of Moya civilization, on the walls of the art center La Malmaison, in Cannes. This exhibition, built also in SL, allowed to visitors to meet the artist from a distance, to ask questions and to visit with him his virtual Moya Land.
Today, Moya is living between real and virtual Worlds, and, with the name of “Moya Janus” (the name of his avatar), he answers to journalist (Radio Canada, 2013), to students (school of Fine Arts of Venice, Quebec, Zurich or Milan …), participates or organize many exhibitions, real or virtual, reproduces Art Fairs or Museums (Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Ceramics Museum in Vallauris …), works with a chief (Christian Sinicropi of Restaurant “La Palme d’Or” in Cannes) … Or receive visitors worldwide and makes for them a guiding tour in a virtual car.
(excerpt from Wikipedia)

Moya consists of the 4 islands Moya, Moya Land, Studio Moya and Moya Museum. The 4 sims are fully packed with museums, entertainment, places to discover, shopping, park and garden, with architecture, education, oversized sculptures, hidden art in a pyramid, different forms of transportation (airport, modern city railroad, rezzable cars), paintings and reproductions of real world exhibitions – way to much to fully explore within an hour. For a first overview I recommend to watch the 3 minute video about Moya, which is from 2015.

Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French and I shy back from translating parts of it although I understand a little bit French (with my long forgotten school knowledge and the help of a dictionaire). Just look it up yourself www.moyapatrick.com

I really don’t know where to begin or where to end a description of Moya, hence I just publish a few of the 40 pictures I took during my one hour visit. For someone loving virtual art in Second Life Moya is something you must experience yourself. Just amazing and overwhelming. Thank you Partick Moya!

Landmark to Moya Land
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moya%20Land/53/95/36
Video about Moya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx1zzjBNunY
Patrick Moya’s website
http://moyapatrick.com/

 

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