Simploring 2018 (105) Winter Wonders and Floating Islands

Tuesday, December 4th, I went exploring Winter Wonders following once again an entry in SL Destinations.
Winter Wonders is an installation by Zun Sahara at LEA15. She described her installation with a simple request “Please enjoy the wonders of a real world of winter“. Upon landing you can get a notecard with just a little bit more information, in particular with 4 landmarks that will enhance traveling around Winter Wonder but you can do it on foot too. One area though, the Floating Islands, can only reached by teleporting. You can also use the big crystal dragons to use teleports.

Winter Wonders – overview

Basically Winter Wonders consists of 3 parts besides the Floating Islands. The large elven wood around the landing point, the cave with the cave greenhouse and the Krystal palads on top of the cave. I first visited the cave greenhouse. Inside it is like a tropical island within this frosty winter world, the green, the plants, the many opportunities to sit and the blooming flowers makes it a cosy place to stay and look out of the windows into the surrounding winter world. Outside at the wall of the cave you find large statues artfully made of ice that seem to guard the place. Each of them is a piece of art on its own.

Impressions of Winter Wonders (1) – around the landing point, cave greenhouse and cave

The ceiling of the cave is supported by two huge statues, like Atlas who is supporting the world. And on top of the cage is Krystal palads, another of the provided landmarks. But there’s not much to discover (or I didn’t notice it).

Impressions of Winter Wonders (2) – upper left picture taken at Krystal palads

I explored the whole sim and it offers quite something to discover. Fairies and elves, ducks, penguins, deers, fox and other animals peacefully roam around. There’re some campfires and cosy places and the whole atmosphere is just lovely and invites you to stay longer. I did that for quite a while 🙂

Impressions of Winter Wonders (3)

I also visited the Floating Islands, which are not at all related to winter. The Floating Islands are a colourful fantasy world full of excotic plants. Peacocks, butterflies, birds, famingos and other animals have their home at Floating Islands. The light effects are well done and when you walk up form one level to the other you see a lot of nice spots to sit and enjoy or to dance with your loved one. Floating islands is to some extent just the opposite of Winter Wonders at least regarding the season. But it also fits perfectly into this dream world.

Impressions of Floating Islands (1)

Zun Sahara owns a store named Zun Design where she offers a lot of furniture, plants and flowers, prefabs and garden stuff, decorations and sim design elements, some of them are used in her LEA installation. There’re several boards where you can grab freebies of Zun. I got a mediation pyramide (you can sit in a meditation pose in it, can’t be seen seen from outside, but you yourself see the world around you), a pack of candles and a set of flying birds. I do like the later most.

Impressions of Floating Islands (2)

I enjoyed a lovely hour of exploring and escaping from real life into the fantasy of Winter Wonders  and of Floating Islands. Thank you Zun for creating this world.

Landmark to Winter Wonders
Landmarks within Winter Wonders
Cave greenhouse
Krystal palads
Landmark to Floating Islands
Zun Sahara’s store Zun Design

Simploring 2017 (88) – Dissected Soul

“Dissected Soul” by Theda Tammas at Split Screen

My simploring tour of Friday, November 3rd, led me to Split Screen at LEA 15 again, which is a temporary home for Dividni Shostakovich’s Split Screen. Split Screen Installation Space is a curated place for artists to develop large installations, often not possible in the physical world.
My first visit was in August 2017 (read here) and it was inspired by a blog entry of Inara Pey. And now I came across Split screen again reading her blog entry “A Dissected Soul in Second Life“.

Impressions of “Dissected Soul” by Theda Tammas at Split Screen (1)

Right now Split Screen hosts an installtion of Theda Tammas “Dissected Soul“. Along with her work Theda give us some words from Fernando Pessoa, a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language (1888 – 1935) (source wikipedia).
“…I don’t know how many souls I have, I’ve changed at every moment, I always feel like a stranger.I’ve never seen or found myself…”
In the above mentioned blog entry Inara gives her interpretation of “Dissected Soul” starting with Pessoa’s words about his soul. I can follow her thoughts and recommend that you read her blog post.

Impressions of “Dissected Soul” by Theda Tammas at Split Screen (2)

Theda Tammas’ figures in her installation are all different, some miss their head, some there limbs, some walk in a line following a goal, some are entwined on eachother. There are some veines that start at the figures chests and end in a hank, as if someone had teared the heart out of the body? The ground is covered with a mixture of water and blood. But nonetheless the installation is not scary. You get different views of the figures depending from where you look at them, different views on your own soul? And the barbed wire? Does it symbolize the challenges we face in live – or is it the protection that we build around our soul?

Impressions of “Dissected Soul” by Theda Tammas at Split Screen (3)

Theda Tammas’ “Dissected Soul” provides food for thoughts. A visit mustn’t take long, but it might stay long in your mind.

Inara Pey’s blog entry “A Dissected Soul in Second Life”
Landmark to Split Screen Installation Space “Dissected Soul”

Simploring 2017 (66) Split Screen LEA 15

I read Inara Pey’s post “A Split Screen double in Second Life”  in her blog and decided to visit this sim at LEA 15.

August 14th: Split Screen LEA 15

According to Inara LEA 15 is a temporary home for Dividni Shostakovich’s Split Screen. Split Screen Installation Space is a curated place for artists to develop large installations, often not possible in the physical world. At LEA 15 there’re two installations “EveryWhere and NoWhere” by JadeYu Fhang and “The Games We Play” by Krystali Rabeni. Both can be accessed via teleporters from the landing point and with teleporters from eachother.

Impressions of “EveryWhere and NoWhere” by JadeYuWell at Split Screen LEA 15 (1)

“EveryWhere and NoWhere” by JadeYu Fhang is the larger installation which spreads over several levels. Most of it is held in white and light blue giving the impression of being in a cold, maybe winterly world. There are ladders that connect the levels. They seemingly end into nothing, but from their end you fall on another (invisible) level to walk upon. The female statues look like altered dolls, some like modern interpretations of gods of the Greek mythology. Some statues hoover headlong, others seem to climb up a never ending staircase or elevator.

Impressions of “EveryWhere and NoWhere” by JadeYuWell at Split Screen LEA 15 (2)

It’s hard to interpret what you see and that might be intended. There’s no notecard or description for this installation nor did I find information about the artist JadeYu Fhang. And the title “EveryWhere and NoWhere”? This place is for sure not from our physical world, hence it is NoWhere and you find elements from EveryWhere.
Don’t mind, experience yourself!

“The Games We Play” by Krystali Rabeni is a comparably small installation, a game of chess but not on a flat board. The board has several levels and the chessmen are also moving up the vertical walls and the pawns are flying above the scenery. It looks busy. Again no information about this installaion nor about the artist.

Impressions of “The Games We Play” by Krystali Rabeni at Split Screen LEA 15

For another interpretation look at Inara Pey’s blog post. She added her thoughts. According to her Information LEA 15 will stay open until End of September 2017.

Both installations offer many opportunities for taking pictures and for experiencing 3D art in Second Life. Thank you Dividni Shostakovich for providing the space within LEA 15. Thank you JadeYu Fhang and Krystali Rabeni for the art. I enjoyed a lovely break in my Second Life exploring it.

Landmark to Split Screen LEA 15
Inara Pey’s blog “A Split Screen double in Second Life”