Simploring 2021 (33) Grauland November 2021

following Inara Pey’s blog I came across “Grauland” again. Inara just had published a new blogpost about “Grauland“: “Grauland’s Lights in Second Life“.

I have visited Grauland in 2019 the first time (read here), three times in 2020 (read here, here and here) and the last time in April 2021 (read here). And everytime it was different. Each redesign was worth a visit so far.

Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. He runs a shop for poses (M-1 Art Poses). Inara reported in her post that JimGarand had been away for a few month, and that he moved to a new (adult) homestead. And he created again something different from what I saw from him before. As far as I could find out, Jim’s shop for poses (M-1 Art Poses) is not (yet?) located in the skies above – at least I saw no teleport point to it.

Grauland is a modern town. The landing point is in an older part with a red light district. In the background you see the skyscrapers of what might be the business district. It you use shared environment, it’s night and a bit hazy. You can sense that you’re not in the best district of the the town. The facades are used for big paintings, racelights lead to nightclubs and other stores like a laundry or a cinema. Public toilets are not far from the landing point.

Impressions of Grauland November 2021 (1): Around the landing point

I walked towards the promende first, had a short break at a bar, then walked all along the promenade with its modern light art objects. The promenade ends in a tunnel.

Impressions of Grauland November 2021 (2): Promenade with its modern light art objects

I walked back and used the stairs to enter the largest building at Grauland. I named it “Modern Art Building”. In the court you find more light art objects. The building itself seems to have no purpose. It is just empty. The glass facade offers great views on the skyscrapers inthe background. I left the Modern Art Building on the other side and came to a huge Arch of Victory, obviously a protected landmark in the heart of the town.

Impressions of Grauland November 2021 (3): Modern Art Building

I continued exploring the redlight district and found more hidden backyards, bars, a garage amd even a furnished flat, which you enter through a door teleporter. The atmosphere of Grauland is very dense and feels authentic. Jim selected the textures, the all paintings and racelights very well and I’m pretty sure that I missed many details. It is very well made!

Impressions of Grauland November 2021 (4): The redlight district

Finally I visited the beach and the pier. That’s quite a contrast to the town. At the end of the pier is a hut where you can sit inside like in a sailor’s club and outside you have a nice view on the sea or backwards to the town with it’s skyscrapers in the background. At the beach you also find a nice campfire.

Impressions of Grauland November 2021 (5): pier, beach and campfire

JimGarand has once again re-invented Grauland and surprised me with a totally different design. The setting and the atmosphere of Grauland are very fitting. The art is not too dominant, yet present and the Modern Art Building gives enough reason to speculate about its purpose (if any). Thank you Jim, in particular for sharing your sim with the public again.

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Isle/92/221/27
Grauland flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Grauland’s Lights in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2021/10/28/graulands-lights-in-second-life/

Simploring 2021 (17) Grauland April 2021

I came across Grauland again when I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destinations. I have visited Grauland in 2019 the first time (read here) and three times in 2020 (read here, here and here). Each redesign was worth a visit so far. And I was not disappointed this time once again.

Grauland April 2021 – Bird’s eye view and orientation map / at the landing point

Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. He runs a shop for poses (M-1 Art Poses) in the skies above the sim. You can reach the shop by a teleporter right at the landing point.

Impressions of Grauland April 2021 (1) – Stonehenge, Easter island stone heads, the tropical forest, panarama house

The current setting consists of two tropical islands that are connected by a bridge. The island on which you land has a circle of stones – Stonehenge – on a high plateau, the famous Easter Island stone heads nearby. It has several nice beaches, a tropical forest and a large spacious modern bungalow overlooking the sea. I called this island “Stonehenge island”

Impressions of Grauland April 2021 (2) – The villa island

The other island, which I named “Villa island”, is the homeplace of someone rich. It is a paradise created in Second Life. A place you’d dream to call your home. THe good news it: in Second Life such a place is affordable.
How would someone rich live? In a large mordern and very individual house – it is there.
There would be a garden, nicely layed out with a gazebo, maybe a bit enclosed for privacy – it is there.
There has to be a pool, a large pool, maybe with a fountaine and also providing some exclusivity – it is there.

Impressions of Grauland April 2021 (3) – The villa island with garden, pool and motoryacht

What else? Yes, a pier with a yacht. It is not there *winks*. But there’s one of these old motoryachts that are used by the super rich people at the Cote d’Azure just to drive around a bit. And there is a seperate helicopter landing point.

On the villa island is also the wreck of a plane, hidden under trees and bushes. A perfect place to take pictures. And of course you find also a few opportunities to sit and watch.

Impressions of Grauland April 2021 (4) – The villa island – plane wreck, helicopter landing, Diomita enjoying the view

I went back to the Stonehenge island and amde a tour with a jet ski. That is always fun and provides other views on the island. I also tried some of the nice opportunities to sit and watch and enjoy the environment.

Impressions of Grauland April 2021 (5) – Stonehenge island – Diomita enjoying jet ski and being lazy

Once again Jim (JimGarand) created a nice and outstanding new place. I did enjoy my visit. I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with a place to visit. Thank you Jim for creating Grauland and sharing it publicly. Great work!

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/38/169/21
Flickr group Grauland
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/pool
Landmark to M-1 Art Poses
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/205/131/2028

Simploring 2020 (82) Grauland December 2020

Once again I came across Grauland when I was scrolling through scoop.it SL Destinations. My last visit was in August 2020 (read here). And yes, Grauland was fully redesigned once again.

Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. He runs a shop for poses (M-1 Art Poses) in the skies above the sim. You can reach the shop by several teleporter signs spreaded across the sim.

Grauland December 2020 – birds-eye view and orientation map

Again the current version is not comparable to any of the previous designs. And this time the name “Grauland“, which is a German word combination and translates to “Greyland”, does really fit as all buildings and structures are made of grey concrete. The main objects are:
– a tall high building that looks like a horizontal mill with 4 wings, I called it “The Mill”
– a villa with pool and garden, which I named “The Residence”
– an strange building on a hill, I named it “The Octagon”
– 5 artfull memorials

Impressions of Grauland December 2020 (1) Landing point, a room above The Labyrinth, The Mill, inside The Mill

The landing is on a pier and through a arc walkway you enter “The Labyrinth”, a complex with many walls and some dead rooms. It’s not really a challenge to find the exit as that is not the intention of it.
If you ever have been to Berlin you might know the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” (see wikipedia entry). You find 5 different memorials on Grauland. I named them: The Labyrinth, The Blocks, The Hollow Blocks, The Walls and The Waves. As The Blocks looks quite similar to the Berlin mermorial, my first idea was that all 5 memorials might be drafts for this memorial. I don’t know .. what I know is that they are all quite impressive, offer great backgrounds for pictures and it is fun to think about their meaning.

Impressions of Grauland December 2020 (2) – inside of The Mill

I went to the building that looks like a horizontal mill, The Mill, first. You can walk up in the center and find 4 different rooms, each of them is special and each offers a great view on Grauland. What a cool building!

Apropos cool… The Residence is another cool building, not only because of the cold contrete that is used to build it and to build the surrounding garden. I found several nice spots in the garden, even a nice and cosy room. The building istself is furnished with style, a bit minimalistic with a touch of Bauhaus.

Impressions of Grauland December 2020 (3) – The Residence

I have no idea what purpose a building like The Octagon might have. Is it the welcome center for aliens? Is it a leftover from aliens? Is it a temple? No purpose can be seen, yet it is impressive from ourside as well as from inside, where the light comes in and throws shadows by the walls, that are folded like paper. Intriguing!

Impressions of Grauland December 2020 (4) – The Octagon, The Blocks, The Hollow Blocks

I enjoyed scrolling through the 5 memorials, making pictures, playing with the light and the shadows and I walked up to the scenic outlook, which is nothing else but an open hut built of concrete.

Impressions of Grauland December 2020 (5) – The Hollow Blocks, The Waves, The Walls, scenic outlook

You find quite some places to sit and watch and to literally inhale this outstanding different design. Chapeau, Jim (JimGarand), you created once again something impressive. I did enjoy my visit. I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with a place to visit. Thank you Jim for creating Grauland and sharing it publicly. Great work!

Landmark to Grauland
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/28/161/22
Flickr group Grauland
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/pool

Simploring 2020 (56) Grauland – Summer 2020

For my simploring tour on Sunday, August 16th, I picked once again “Grauland” from scoop.it SL Destinations. I had visited Grauland the first time in Summer 2019 (read here), then again in February 2020 (read here). What I saw at scoop.it SL Destinations indicated that the sim has changed again.
Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. He runs a shop for poses (M-1 Art Poses) in the skies above the sim. You can reach the shop by a teleporter right next to the landing. Jim seems to change Grauland quite regularly.

This time Grauland is something totally different. It is a half island used as a bi- or even trimodal logistic center. The landing is on a beach, next to a beach volleyball field. Not far away is a motel. The rooms are furnished. Well, it looks as this motel has had its best days already, yet the pool behind the motel is quite nice and there seem to be at least 2 rooms occupied as cars park in front of them.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (1) – Beach volleyball and motel near to the landing point

I explored the beach first. There’s a long promenade with 3 art objects: “Marching On Sculpture” by JimGarand, “Angel” by Wiona (dx61005) and “Tiki Head Statuette” by ChiMia (chimiastore). The art is a bit out of place with the long wall of the logisitc center with all its graffiti as a background. But then it makes it even more outstanding. The beach is nice and invited to take a bath in the sun.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (2) – Art promenade and beach

I visited the little event area on a wooden platform not far from the landing and then went towards the logistic center. On my way I came across a scrapyard – and saw more graffiti.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (3) – Event platform and scrapyard

The logistic center is for road and railroad transport. Both can be loaded at the center, goods can be stored in the storehouses. There are two large tanks for fluid goods, maybe petrol at the logistic center. The railroad and the trucks transport the goods away from the center through seperate tunnels. A bit aside is a pier and a ramp. There’s no ship but it looks as if goods could also be transported with ships, making the logistic center not only bimodal but trimodal.
Again I admired some graffiti, this time on a railroad waggon.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (4) – The bi- or trimodal logisitic center

Besides the beach, there’s still more to explore and enjoy at Grauland. There’s a lighthouse and the house next to it is furnished. On its porch you can sit and enjoy the view over the sea and the beach. I also had some fun using the jet ski, that can be rezzed at the beach again quite close to the landing. And I dared to speed along the concrete bricks protecting the shore.

Impressions of Grauland in Summer 2020 (5) – Diomita enjoying the Summer

Grauland offers some different backgrounds for taking pictures, it offers fun (jet ski for example) and the combination of beaches and a logistic center is quite outstanding. Once again I enjoy my visit.
I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with a place to visit. Thank you Jim for creating this place and sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/168/189/26

Simploring 2020 (9) Grauland / Okinawa Islands

Inspired by posts on scoop.it SL Destinations, I revisted Grauland. I had visited it half a year ago and had written a simploring report about it (see Simploring 2019 (89) Grauland). What caught my attention was the changed name “Grauland / Okinawa Islands” and pictures of a destinctive rock formation.

The landing is close to a heap of stones that reach into the sea. I immediately recognized it again and knew where I was. This heap of stones and the horseshoe form of the islands are the only similarities to Grauland back in 2019.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 – overview

Grauland / Okinawa Islands is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. It is also home to M-1 Art Poses, a shop for poses that is located on a platform in the skies above. M-1 Art Poses is also owned by JimGarand. On Grauland / Okinawa Islands you find several teleport pads to the store.

Impressions of Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (1) – the heap of Stones at the landing Point / exploring with a jet ski

Close to the landing point is a jet ski station and of course I had to try it. The jet skis are fun and the work up to 700m off sim. I drove all around the islands before I continued my simploring tour on foot and explored the Japanese park that occupies the largest of the 3 connected islands. It is a peaceful place, the park is quite simple with a huge stone in the center.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (2) – the Japanese park

I visited the bath house and the residential house, both clearly Japanese as you would expect on Okinawa Islands. The furnishing is very neat and stylish, the garden around the residential house has also a Japanese touch and there’s a little greenhouse that contains a small canabis patch, a little reminder of the large canabis greenhouse at Grauland back in 2019.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (3) – the bath house and the residential house in- and outside

I climbed on the destinctive rocks that are besides the heap of Stones at the landing point a second landmark of Grauland / Okinawa Islands. At several places, in particular at the beach, you find places to rest, to sit and enjoy alone or as a couple and I tried out some of them. And finally I visited the M-1 Art Poses Store and tried some poses there.

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (4) – the rocks / the small greenhouse

Grauland / Okinawa Islands 2020 (5) – trying poses on the Islands and at the M-1 Art Poses Store

I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with a nice place to visit, to take pictures or just to enjoy like JimGarand did. Instead of donating to the sim I bought something at his store. Thank you very much for creating Grauland / Okinawa Islands and for sharing it with the public. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Grauland / Okinawa Islands
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/60/150/24

Simploring 2019 (89) Grauland

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, July 30th, I selected Grauland from scoop.it SL Destinations https://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations. Grauland is an adult homestead owned by JimGarand. The landmark description doesn’t reveal much “Photogenic sim and home to M-1 ART POSES“.

Grauland – overview

The landing is right next to a piece of art, a fist (Fist Statue – Marble inWorldLight) made by Korazen. Also close to the landing is an auditorium, but it has no stage and the audience looks at a painted wall. Let us imagine that in the case of an event, there’d be a screen installed. I began my exploring tour looking at the heap of stones which is also close to the landing point. The heap looks a bit like a breakwater wall. It is for sure a very interesting motive for pictures. And because of the magic of Second Life it is not covered with bird droppings although there’re lots of birds at Grauland.

Impressions of Grauland (1) – around the landing point and the heap of stones

I crossed the bridge that connects the landing island with the main island, that has the form of an hoof. I visited the cannabis greenhouse first. There’s also a pier for ships with a petrol station. Obviously the cannabis yield is very high so that they use ships for transport *winks*.

I continued my tour at the beach. It is a lovely large beach and the waves in the background are impressive. Again you find a lot of birds here and some places to sit and relax and to enjoy the beach. The beach has a very natural atmosphere.

Impressions of Grauland (2) – the cannabis greenhouse and the beach

I visited the old factory building, that seems to be abandonned for many years already. There’s no roof nor a door but it might be still a bit more protected from wind inside. You can see that someone is living here, there’s a sofa, a few pictures, garbage, a shopping cart and a litte cage (yes we’re on an adult sim). Continuing my simploring tour I sat down at another abandonned hut and I walked to the other end of the island, where you can enjoy a lovely view over the whole island from a rock. On the top of the rock is another little hut, that looks a bit like a bus station from outside. But inside there’re two chairs and a few pictures and it looks like someone really loves being here.

Impressions of Grauland (3) – at the beach, the old factory, the abandonned hut

But the most outstanding piece of Grauland is the field of concrete blocks that covers around a quarter of the whole island. The concrete blocks are also in the bay and on a small island in the center of the hoof. This island is connected with a wooden footbridge with the main island. The concrete blocks did remind me of the holocaust monument in Berlin. I have no idea what they express here or if there’s any intended interpretation. On the fist view the distribution of the single blocks seem to be random. I managed to jump on one of them and to have a better view. The field seems to be endless … does it continue under water?

Impressions of Grauland (4) – the field of concrete blocks and the outlook

On my way to the outlook I found a teleport sign for the above mentioned M-1 Art Poses shop and I came across a single modern bar stool, that stood in the midst of nothing and almost screamed “Try me”. Ok I had to try it. The stool has some really nice and tempting poses and I ended up makieng a seflie photo session. I had fun.

 

Impressions of Grauland (5) – at the outlook, the tp board to the M-1 Art Poses shop, and Diomita in a spontaneous photo session

And the spontaneous photo session was reason enough to have a look at the M-1 Art Poses shop that is located on a platform in 2000m height. I tried the poses with the bike and got two other great selfies.

A quick visit to the M-1 Art Poses shop at Grauland

I appreciate it a lot when shop owners combine their business with providing a place for the public to enjoy, like Jim did with Grauland. The sim is outstanding in it’s own way. The enviroment is meagre, but still beautiful, the field of concrete blocks offers a lot of different interpretations and for sure a great background. And the beach is just great being that natural. Thank you Jim, for providing Grauland to the public. I had fun exploring the island, the art and last but not least trying out the poses.

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/102/197/23
M-1 Art Poses inworld shop
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mobile/193/132/2028
M-1 Art Poses on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/204042