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 scoop.it 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
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hotel%20California/128/114/22/
Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: Hotel California ‘Off the Grid'”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2019/11/simtipp-hotel-california-off-grid.html

Simploring 2018 (45) Silent

My simploring tour Wednesday, May 16th, led me to “Silent“. I found the landmark together with several pictures in AJ’s Second Life – Travel Guide. Thank you, AJ (anyajurelle).

Impressions of “Silent” by Air Angel (aair) (1)

There’s not much information about “Silent” – “Hang out, lounge, explore the art, Photographer Machinama friendly!” is all you get with the landmark description. You should turn media on, use the region’s windlight setting and set your draw distance to at least 300m.

Impressions of “Silent” by Air Angel (aair) (2)

Silent” is surreal and impresses with it’s visual effects. The ground texture of the sim background hills is very colourful and is moving, hence the sim background looks like waves, coloured waves. The windlight setting results in a purple/violet sky and you can also see an aurora borealis.

Impressions of “Silent” by Air Angel (aair) (3)

The sim itself consists of several islands, that are not connected, some are flat, some are rocky and high. There are some buildings that look surreal just because of the purple sky. Near the landing you encounter several pieces of art by Mistero Hifeng, an artist who’s work you recognize immediately by is particular style. You will find other pieces of art from different artists spread all over the sim.
Also quite outstanding is a huge white sculpture of a drowning person between the islands. You just see the head and the arms. It’s called “[GW] Liquid Sculpture II” by Groll (Groll Greggan).

Impressions of “Silent” by Air Angel (aair) (4)

There are places to sit and mediate watching the scenery. Big coloured balls fall from the sky onto the ground or onto the sea and roll amd bump into eachother before vanishing. Air Angel (aair), the owner of “Silent“, created them. These media balls, the sim’s background with the coloured waves, the purple sky, the few buildings and the art do all mix together into a fitting composition. Air Angel selected an psychedelic music stream that also adds to the experience.

Impressions of “Silent” by Air Angel (aair) (5)

Silent” is a piece of art itself, that you should see. Thank you, Air Angel!

Landmark to Silent
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Silent/220/177/23
AJ’s blog post with other great pictures of “Silent”
https://ajssecondlife.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/silent/