Simploring 2018 (40) Light Thoughts 4

Saturday, April 28th, I visited “Light Thoughts 4” within the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) program at LEA 26 and LEA 27. It is a joint installation by Mario2 Helstein and Jo Williams following their joint installation last year (Light Thoughts 3 – read here).

Landing at “Light Thoughts 4”

The landing of Light Thoughts 4 is on the boarder between LEA 26 and LEA 27, Mario2 Helstein has designed LEA 27 and Jo Williams LEA 26. Just like last year’s installtion the sides are different, both are colourful and full of light and effects. I started my visit at LEA 27. To me it looks like a mixture of an aquarium and a jungle, yet all animals live peacefully together. What catches your eye first is the dinosaur that walks up and down along the landing point. But there are more animals, hugs crabs, sharks, cuttlefish, crocodiles. All are artfully coloured.
In the middle of the installation is a big structure of green tubes that looks being alive, it might have tentacles. The floor is wet und provides light effects. There’s a lot to discover and a lot to take pictures of. Soon you get lost in this colourful fantasy world. There are also some humans, one looks like a robot, a few small humans are walking around in a secured area … and one is just a dead body. The installation is oustanding because of the colours and the light effects that produce different views every second.

Impressions of “Light Thoughts 4” at LEA 27 (1)

Impressions of “Light Thoughts 4” at LEA 27 (2)

The other part of Light Thoughts 4 is at LEA 26 and is by Jo Williams and it is quite as colourful as LEA 27. It looks like a park somewhere in the galaxy. A large open area is surrounded by seperate gardens, there are several pyramides and the planets are close. There are flowers, benches to sit and relax and little cosy areas. When you zoom out you can see that some plants form a heart. The two big violin clefs reminded me to turn music on. It’s the kind of music that Mario also uses for his light shows and it does fit well.

Impressions of “Light Thoughts 4” at LEA 26 (1)

Impressions of “Light Thoughts 4” at LEA 26 (2)

I tried using one of the balloons to fly around a bit but it didn’t work properly during my visit and I flew just a few meters. I remembered the ballons from my visit to Light Thoughts 3.

I enjoyed a colourful hour at Light Thoughts 4 and took a lot of pictures. I love all the colours and effects. Of course a picture can’t always transport all dimensions of an installation. Together with my invitation I got a link to a video that might give another insight of this installation.

Thank you Mario (Mario2 Helstein) and Jo (Jo Williams) for this installation. I enjoyed my visit and taking lots of pictures!

Landmark to Light Thoughts 4
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA27/111/15/23
Video teaser of Light Thoughts 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1brPvqf3lw&feature=share
Mario2 Helstein’s shop inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dark%20Heaven/33/133/21

Simploring 2017 (54) 16 Fields – Lichtbringer

Saturday, July 8th, I was up for simploring. I looked up the SL destination guide as well as the blogs that I follow but no pick did come across that tempted me spontaneously for a visit. I decided to have a look at LEA sims, as I know that by end of June some of them at least had to be given up in order to give other artists the opportunity to show their talent. This way I found 16 Fields and Lichtbringer. Lichtbringer is a German group of artists, namely Frau Wu aka Just (justmetrying) who is responsible for Management, PR and events of the group and Elektra (hangrod.hax) and Louis Wu (cyberklon) who both are responsible for ideas and make Meshes, scripting, lights and textures. Lichtbringer is a German composite word, literally it translates to “deliverers of light”. It could be interpreted religious but in this case it is supposed to be taken literally – delivering lights. The group works together on projects since 2015 and is mainly inspired by Mario2 Helstein. I just had and simploring post about Mario’s LEA installation “Light Thoughts 3” – read here). Lichtbringer has an own website – http://lichtbringer-sl.com/ where they anounce events and installations.

Their current LEA installation at LEA 26 is named 16 Flieds. They describe it as follows:

“The sim is divided into 16 fields. In these 16 Fields works from Lichtbringer like Meshes, Particles, Advanced Lights, and animated Meshes will be shown. In the center is a meeting point for all lightfanatics to meet, chat and have a coffee. The field contents will be changed every week. Stay informed about changes by joining the Lichtbringer Group. The sim has a wide field of contents changing randomly. Photographer-friendly spots are involved. And of course events will follow as well.

I zoomed my cam out so that you can see the structure with the 16 fields and the meeting point.

“16 Fields” by Lichtbringer

16 Fields is just a great sim to experience the possibilities of light and mesh in Second Life and for someone who likes taking pictures it is just perfect! Each picture that I took grabbed a moment of virtual reality and can’t be repeated again. I had lots of impressions and the next pictures just show some of them. I ended my visit going to the central meeting point where I saw Louis Wu (cyberklon). Unfortunately he was absent so I could just leave a message appreciating the great work. His avatar is a piece of art in itself!

Impressions of “16 Fields” by Lichtbringer (1)

Impressions of “16 Fields” by Lichtbringer (2)

I ended my visit with a selfie at the meeting point. I can just recommend that you visit 16 Fields and for sure attending one of the events from Lichtbringer is something to be considered. Thank you Frau Wu aka Just, Elektra and Louis Wu for your great and inspiring work!

Landmark to 16 Fields
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA26/136/73/24
Website of Lichtbringer
http://lichtbringer-sl.com/