Simploring 2017 (37) Cerridwens Cauldron

When I visited Enchanted Art on one of my latest simploring tours (read here) I came across Elicio Ember, who created the Botanical Garden, the main gallery and some other piece there. Elicio makes is a plastic artist and desginer and makes fantasy landscapes, plants, architecture and art. Elicio has an own sim and an own store, Cerridwens Cauldron, and invited me over to visit both. Thursday, May 11th, I visited Cerridwens Cauldron.

After seeing Enchanted Art, I was not surprised as I was surrounded by glowing colourful plants and a particular fantasy atmosphere upon my arrival at the Emerald lounge. Cerridwens Cauldron consists of several caves, some nice places by the sea and a huge tree that dominates the sim. Exploring it in depth will take many hours, I got just a small insight during my one hour visit. The caves and different levels are connected by stairs, plateaus and spiral stairs. Wherever you turn you get new views, you dicover new things, amazing! I couldn’t decide which light to take for my pictures. Cerridwens Cauldron can be seen in the sunshine as well as at night. At night the glowing effects are stronger and some edges do look better at night in my opinion, but art and taste is nothing you can discuss. Cerridwens Cauldron offers many places to meet, to cuddle and to enjoy as well as several dance floors. It is a prefect place to retreat to with your loved one and to spent a romantic night.

Elicio’s store is embedded in the Lost Halls floating castle on another height level of the sim and it is there you’ll usually arrive if you don’t have another landmark. The store is a piece of art itself. Besides the vendors, you might not realize that you’re in a store. It is fun and enjoyable just to walk around and the look at the architecture and the plants and light effects. You can purchase most of what I saw, I think at reasonable prices. If you want to buy larger builds you can see them at a seperate rez platform. I went there and rezzed a 200m tall fantasy tower (The Tower of Dawn). The way Elicio placed the products is very tasteful and I couldn’t resist to buy some of the glowing flowers and gras for our own sim. There’s also a teleporter network to travel around the different places and attraction at Cerridwens Cauldron.

Cerridwens Cauldron is worth a visit for sure, be it to get something decorative or be it just to enjoy. Thank you Elicio for providing this lovely place to us all!
Landmark to Cerridwens Cauldron (Emerald Lounge)
Landmark to Cerridwens Cauldron (Lost Hall – store)

Simploring 2017 (34) Enchanted Art

Friday afternoon, April 28th, I was in the mood for simploring and had a look into the blogs I follow. In Inara Pey’s blog I came across her entry about “Enchanted Art in Second Life“. Enchanted Art is owned by Oema. Artists have the opportunity to present their art on a monthly basis. The landmark description gives already an idea what to expect: “Enchanted Art is a tribute to 2D and 3D Second Life Artists in a fantasy landscape. Explore projections, photos and statues in a surreal and magic environment.” I strongly recommend to watch the video about Enchanted Art. It’s 5 minutes long and a piece of art itself.
Upon my landing I met Oema by accident, who welcomed me. I read her profile and was suprised that I didn’t come across her before. Even after far over 9 years I still discover edges of Second Life and areas I’ve never heard about before. Oema owns Astralia, the homesim of Enchanted Art, she makes content for Sansar, LL’s new platform and she blogs about art (Oema Fine Art – and writes for magazines: “I am an artist, an art curator, an art blogger and a magazines writer … so I am an art passionate:-). Art is a very important part of my life, one of the best ones“. Impressive!
Back to my visit to Enchanted Art. First of all you should use the windlight setting provided by the sim. I tried my own settings first but the effects and the lights at Enchanted Art look much better in the (night) setting. From the landing point you can either walk on foot or use the sim’s teleporter network. I first explored the area next to the landing where most of the monthly changing art by different artists is exhibited. There are big boards promoting the artists names and there’re links to flickr to see more from these artists. This exhibition is to the left and the right of a path leading up a hill from where you can see other parts of Enchanted Art but you have to return to the landing point if you want to continue on foot – there are paths which will lead you around (or you take the teleporters).
Enchanted Art is very photogenic and full of art. What is facinating most are the lights and the effects that give new views depending from where and when you look at it. Overall Entchanted Art seems to be a world of itself, a fantasy in art. I’m really not an art passionate like Oema, but what I saw was really amazing and is hard to put in words for me. I roamed around for about hour and took many pictures.
Highlights of Enchanted Art besides the exhibition around the landing point are: the main gallery, the 3D art “World Eyes”, the 3D art “World Pain”, the Botanical garden, the Fae Waystone, the big mushroom trees and the 3D art from Oema called “Pain bitten”
The main gallery shows the exhibition “Maddy 2017” by Magda Schmidtzau at the time on my visit. I found items created by Colpo Wexler used in the gallery. Colpo is  the CEO of Digital Cult Lifestyle, a group of Italian designers specialized in 3D modeling in Second Life. Their skills range from high quality terraforming to big areas’ settings, making of buildings and structures of any kind, and interior design. After visiting Enchanted Art I had a look into it. Read more at their website (by the way I hadn’t heard of them before).

Elicio Ember’s creations at Enchanted Art

The Botanical garden is made with plants and creations from Elicio Ember who is a plastic artist and desginer. Elicio makes fantasy landscapes, plants, architecture and art. The sculpture “Fae Waystone” and the big mushroom trees are also from Elicio Ember.
The 3D art “World Eyes” by Noke Yuitza is for sure another highlight of Enchanted Art. As it is in the center it is very present and attracting views. Noke Yuitza is owner, artist & designer of E.V.E. Studio. And she runs her own blog ““. “World Pain” just close by is another 3D art from Noke Yuitza.
Last but not least close to the landing point is the 3D art “Pain bitten” by Oema herself.

Enchanted Art is not just for those interested in art but also for those who are facinated by the creativity and the possibilities Second Life offers (like me) and it is a great place to take colourful and extraordinairy pictures. I had not only a lovely hour visiting but also got some suggestions for more reading and exploring. Thank you Oema for providing Enchanted Art!
Landmark to Enchanted Art
Video taken at Enchanted Art
Inara Pey’s blog about Enchanted Art in Second Life
Oema’s fine art blog