Simploring 2020 (51) Summer in the City

Once again I found my simploring destination for Thursday, July 23rd, on scoop.it SL Desinations.

Summer in the City was built by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni, who call themselves “Riosisco Productions”. It was built on the same parcel where they had erected “A Favela”, which I visted in May (read here) and which is gone now. Back in 2019 I visited their creations HoPe (read here) and Kun-Tei-Ner (read here). And now .. “Summer in the City“.

Summer in the City – overview

The landmark description is short: “At the top of the buildings, the Sun is shining, it’s summer in the city.” There’s also the remark that you can’t access the streets in this installation. Fred and Lotus also write in their note that they were supported by Alexa Maravilla in every of their projects, yet they didn’t reveal in which way.

On scoop.it SL Desinations, I also found a video of Summer in the City. I watched it before visting myself and it is a really nice teaser. The video was made by Randonee Noel and published on flickr here.

Summer in the City consists just of a few blocks of high-rise buidling. The landing is inside of one on a staircase and you have to move upstairs and then to the left to go outside. There you begin your exploring tour using stairs, ramps, old railroads for an elevated train, ladders or blanks – yet no way to enter the street level. But that is intended.

Impressions of Summer in the City (1) – landing and first views

In- and outside is a lot to discover: penthouses and roof terraces, balconies, kitchen gardens, a café, a club, an atelier, several living rooms, and innumerous graffities. Of course you find a basketball court, little corners to exercise with weights or fitness equipments, a big pool, several areas to celebrate, bbq’s and many opportunities to sit and enjoy. There’re countless little details to discover. And all with just 4.600 prims. Chapeau! I made many, many pictures.

Impressions of Summer in the City (2) – the old elevated railroad

Impressions of Summer in the City (3) – kitchen garden / a nice appartment with a perfect home office

Impressions of Summer in the City (4) – the café / view on the party zone on the roofs

Impressions of Summer in the City (5) – the party zone and the club

Impressions of Summer in the City (6) – the atelier / balconies / at the little pool

Impressions of Summer in the City (7) – the penthouse / a secret hideaway garden

Summer in the City is another great installation of Riosisco Productions (Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni). I had a lot of fun exploring and I might visit again, just to see more details that I missed on this first visit. Thank you very much, Fred and Lotus, for this Summer fun.

Landmark to Summer in the City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/You%20and%20me/62/28/4050
Randonee Noel’s video on flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/randoneenoel/50135323733
Riosisco Productions flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/riosisco/

Simploring 2020 (40) A Favela

For my simploring tour on Mady, May 25th, I picked “A Favela” from scoop.it SL Destinations. There were two entries and I picked Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: A Favela – a place in Rio de Janeiro” (in German) and read it before I went visiting myself.

A Favela was designed and created by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni, who call themselves “Riosisco Productions”. Back in 2019 I visited their creations HoPe (read here) and Kun-Tei-Ner (read here). Both sims were very impressing and I do remember them very well. To say it right in the beginning, A Favela is also impressive and is another masterpiece. But this time a real place was the inspiration for A Favela. Although favelas are found in urban areas throughout Brazil, many of the more famous ones exist in Rio.

A Favela – overview

A Favela is build on a skyplatform and only consumes roughly 4,000 prims of an adult full region. You can see the general set-up of the sim in the overview. There is one road that leads up the mountain between the houses. At the beginning and at the end the road vanishes in tunnels. Fred and Lotus added a picture texture of Rio’s favelas with the Christo Redentor statue as background so that A Favela melts into this background.

Impressions of “A Favela” (1)

The visit to A Favela starts at the lowest point next to a tunnel where the road comes from. Often people uses motor bike taxis to go up the hill and you find them right next to the landing point, there’s also a juice bar and around the corner are steep stairs leading through the houses. In that alley you find a shop for cold beer, postcards and drinks as well as a snack stand with Asian food.

Impressions of “A Favela” (2)

Walking up the road there is a lot to discover, simple plastic stools in front of the houses or sofas, some flowers as well as garbage, cats, chicken and even a pig and many other details. The houses are not accessible but nonetheless you see furnished balconies and backyards or small patios in front of the houses.

Impressions of “A Favela” (3)

Another eye catcher are big and colourful paintings on some house walls. All these little details make A Favela that outstanding. You sense the poverity but you also sense a particular form of peace and even happiness.

Impressions of “A Favela” (4)

The infrastructure of the favelas in real life is a big issue, be it power supply or internet, be it gas for cooking or water. When I wrote this simploring report I looked up wikipedia. You find more background information and pictures there and I added one RL picture into this post. It shows the blue water storage tons, that are widely spread in real life as well as at A Favela. I found out about their usage in a travel report. In particular the higher parts of the favela often lack water supply. Therefore people take the opportunity to fill the tanks with water when there is power to operate the pumps. You can also see a total mess of cables on many pictures, they might be legal or illegal, people simply help themself to get power or internet access.

Impressions of “A Favela” (5)

When you visit the higher parts of A Favela you should try to get to the backyards and on the roofs, you find more hidden terraces and places to sit and watch and you have a great view from up there.

Impressions of “A Favela” (6) – upper left is a picture from Rio’s favelas

I enjoyed my visit to A Favela and the little research about the favelas – and I took many pictures again. A Favela is another great place to visit in Second Life and it is another opportunity to visit a place far away without any safety risk, and quick and environmentally sound in addition. Thank you Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni for providing this project to us all!

Landmark to A Favela
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/You%20and%20me/14/12/2002
flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/riosisco/
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favela
Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: A Favela – a place in Rio de Janeiro” (in German)
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/05/simtipp-favela-place-in-rio-de-janeiro.html

Simploring 2019 (60) Kun-Tei-Ner

In April 2019 I visited HoPe, a sunken city, giving us a picture of how the world might look like when humans have left (read Simploring 2019 (49) HoPe). HoPe was designed and created by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni. Now Fred and Lotus opened a new place named “Kun-Tei-Ner“. The name sounds Asian but it is a play on the word container.

I came across Kun-Tei-Ner by reading Inara Pey’s blogpost “A water world in Second Life” and of course I had to visit. The landmark description gives an idea what Kun-Tei-Ner is about:
This is a place years ahead of us with no land. Humans have produced a lot of things…and many things are useless in some years. A city grows up on a huge mountain of containers filled with broken technological stuff, abandoned or fallen from ships.

Kun-Tei-Ner overview

Consequently the landing point is on a swimming container from where you can enter the artificial container city. I decided to get an overview first and swam to one of the observation ballons a bit aside from the city. I could climb up and had a nice view from up there.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (1) – around the landing point and view from the balloon

Kun-Tei-Ner is completely built on containers and with containers. The containers are used for living, for storing, for production, as stores, as restaurants, simply for everything. There are several container islands connected by steel bridges. Finding your way through the container jungle is difficult. I mostly followed the little arrows which indicate which way you can take without ending in a blind alley.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (2)

Several of the containers are furnished, some of them very detailed. There are a lot of possiblities to sit down and enjoy the view or to let your mind wander. And there is really a lot to discover. I spent more than a full hour exploring and I haven’t seen everything. Kun-Tei-Ner is getting it’s power from 3 big windmills and from a solar panels. Humans have rescued some pets, I saw a cat in one container. They rescued some plants and used them to make this water world a little bit green – you see ivy growing at the conatianer walls and some roofs are covered with grass.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (3)

But there’s still industry. What comes out of the tall smoke stack doesn’t look really healthy. There are pipes and other equipment that look like heavy industry. During my exploring tour I sat down in a pizza restaurant and I visited the food market which is on a seperate container island.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (4)

What else? Yes, the shark. There’s a huge shark with a nacelle circling over Kun-tei-Ner. I personally think it doesn’t fit as it is a fantasy element and the rest of Kun-Tei-Ner looks as if it could exist. But it can also be a blimp, so let’s assume that. What made me smile is that I saw two seals taking a bath in the sun on a swimming container. The big billboards are also something to have a second look at. One advertises Skype “connecting the world”. There are many little details to discover and I must have missed most of them.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (5)

Kun-Tei-Ner is a facinating place. It has a message and it is build with with a lot of creativity and love for the detail, it has wit, if offers places to sit and retreat, and it offers the opportunity for many hours of exploring. I did enjoy my visit a lot. Thank you Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni for providing Kun-Tei-Ner and for sharing it with the public!

According to Inara Pey’s blogpost Kun-Tei-Ner was opened on May 19th and might be available about a month. Hence you might visit better soon.

Landmark to Kun-Tei-Ner
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fallen%20Angel/112/182/23
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/kun-tei-ner/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A water world in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/05/24/kun-tei-ner-a-water-world-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (49) HoPe

For my simploring tour on Wednesday, April 10th, I picked HoPe from scoop.it SL Destinations. HoPe is an adult homestead owned by Fred Hamilton (frecoi). According to the two blog posts already published when I visited, also Lotus Mastroianni is owning HoPe. I checked Lotus’ and Fred’s profile but I couldn’t find any hint. What I did check is that many objects at HoPe are owned by Lotus Mastroianni.

Impressions of HoPe (1) – overview and around the landing point

The landmark description consists just of one sentence: “The World wouldn’t die without the Humankind.” HoPe is a sunken city, giving us a picture of how the world might look like when humans have left. All streets are broken, the buildings are ruins, some are in better order, some are fully broken and fallen apart. Trees and bushes grow from every crack, car wrecks block the streets. You need good and waterproof footwear for exploring as you’ll walk through puddles and water and you’ll have to climb over blocks of concrete. It’s an apocalyptic scenario.

Impressions of HoPe (2) – inside a building (upper pictures) / and outside (lower pictures)

There’re some eye catchers and curiosities at HoPe. Right close to the landing point you see a big and broken statue of a boy swimming on the water, some birds sit on it as if they have conquered it. Walking through the streets you see old bill boards, graffiti on the facades and of course a lot of broken windows. I walked inside of some buildings, just trees and bushes are inside, no left over furniture or other objects. In one building the lights were still switched on – I wonder where the power for the lights comes from.

Impressions of HoPe (3) – exploring HoPe (upper pictures) / the plane wreck (lower pictures)

Around the city there once was an elevated highway that it now brocken into pieces, some pieces stick out like after an earthquake. And there’re also cars and trucks on the rests of the elevated highway, just as if there was a sudden catastrophy. Another curiosity is a building shell for what might have become an office building. There’s still a hoarding around it and many building machines which look quite functional. I entered the worksite and walked upstairs. From the higher stories you have a good view over the abandoned city. And there’re many cats, who have taken over the place. It conjured a smile on my face watching them.

Impressions of HoPe (4) – the building shell and the cats

What happened to this city? Was it an earthquake? A tsunami? And how long ago was this catastrophy? According to the vagetation the catastrophy must have been decades ago. Where does the wreck of an airplane came from, that you find in one of the streets? And why is it that the building shell looks that intact? These questions will remain unanswered.
And what does HoPe stand for? For the hope that the world won’t die even without humans? Or for the hope that the mankind will avoid such a catastrophy? Or is it an abbreviation of two terms Ho & Pe? Hotel Peter?

Impressions of HoPe (5)

Anyway, HoPe is a place to explore and discover. It offers an apocalyptic background for photographs and many details to explore. The whole scene together with the sentence “The World wouldn’t die without the Humankind.” gives reason for many thoughts. And last but not least the building shell with the cats is fun.

Thank you Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni for providing HoPe and for sharing it with the public!

Landmark to HoPe
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Syn%20Isles/204/132/22
HoPe on Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/-hope-/