Gates of Melancholy

Sunday morning, June 12th, another time for simploring. I went to the “Gates of Melancholy” following Inara Pey’s blog entry “Standing in the Gates of Melancholy in Second Life“. This time I changed into something comfy and no heels *winks*.  Here’s the landmark’s description “This sim is based on and inspired from the life and work of the famous American painter Andrew Wyeth. It is created to emulate and elicit the feel in the watercolor paintings done by Andrew Wyeth“.

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (1)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (1)

Upon landing you get a notecard that describes the sim which was created by shelly70. The sim is based on and inspired from the work of the American painter Andrew Wyeth. Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was one of the best-known U.S. painters of the middle 20th century. In his art, Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him. Wyeth often noted: “I paint my life.” One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting Christina’s World.

Christina's World (1948) by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

Christina’s World (1948) by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

Back to SL: Shelly created the sim as a virtual 3 dimensional painting, it is as if you step into Andrew’s world. Look at the painting above and at the pictures I took, the similarity is quite astounding. The landscape is rough and you can sense that farming was a challenge here. Nonetheless it’s beautiful and peaceful. Although some of the buildings look abandoned there are enough houses still occupied. Not only because the buildings are old and the farming equipment is old and rusty but also because of the rough yet peaceful nature and the missing signs of the 21st century I felt like being pushed back into the 1930ies or 40ies.

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (2)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (2)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (3)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (3)

I need to mention the music. Shelly selected the perfect music for her sim. It’s modern, easy listening music, mostly slow, quiet and melodious. Just the right music to sit down and let your mind wander – and yes, it enhances melancholy (but not in a bad sense). I really enjoyed my visit of about an hour. It was a perfect way to spent a Sunday morning and to slow down.

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (4)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (4)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (5)

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy (5)

Thank you Shelly for your great work. I’m not into arts, but I guess that you did a lot of studies to create this sim. I really enjoyed and I strongly recommend a visit.

Landmark “Gates of Melancholy”:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Gates/64/218/25

Link to Inara Pey’s article about Gates of Melancholy:
https://modemworld.me/2016/06/05/standing-in-the-gates-of-melancholy-in-second-life/

PS.: It is always hard to select some pictures as I make dozends when I go simploring. The picture below provides a little insight for you from what I have to pick 🙂

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy - my collection of pictures

June 12th: Gates of Melancholy – my collection of pictures

 

Diomita in art – Gates of memories

I found some time for simploring again. Yesterday I visited the “Gates of memories“. The sim’s description in the landmark is short: “We don’t remember days, we remember moments“. So what is it about? Basically it is a sparse winter landscape with two small houses. The whole island is snowbound and it is snowing permanently. Embedded in this scenery is art which is outstanding in the quite monotonous scenery.

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at "Gates of memories" (1)

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at “Gates of memories” (1). Left sculpture by Raya Jonson, right sculpture  by Mistero Hifeng.

As the whole island is snowbound and the sky is gray and as it is snowing, you won’t see many colours. Hence, every coloured piece gets particular attention in this surrounding, like the coloured paper laterns that you see first time when landing in the sim. Later I came across a red car with a christmas tree on it’s roof. This car would not get any attention elsewhere but here it is a real eye candy, literally glowing red.

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at "Gates of memories" (2)

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at “Gates of memories” (2)

For me, “Gates of memories” represents another way to exhibit art. You can become part of it as you walk through it, sit beside it or even on it, get close to it and as you become part of it as a counterpart of the art itself. The fact that the art is in a virtual world and thus only exsists temporarily plus the fact that you become part of the art by walking through it or standing next to it , makes a visit unique. What is left are memories and maybe a few pictures which capture the moment.

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at "Gates of memories" (3)

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at “Gates of memories” (3). Sculptures by Mistero Hifeng.

There’s a detailled description of the sim in Inara Pey’s “Living in a Modemworld” blog titeled “Stepping through the Gates of Memories in Second Life” with her impressions of this region. “Gates of memories” was created by the photographer shelly70 and the following quote from her profile fits perfectly with her sim “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away“.

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at "Gates of memories" (4)

Jan 25th: Diomita in art at “Gates of memories” (4). Sculptures by Mistero Hifeng.

Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
http://modemworld.me/2016/01/19/stepping-through-the-gates-of-memories-in-second-life/

Landmark “Gates of memories”:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amazing/218/150/23

Enjoy your own visit and create your own memories! Thank you shelly70 for providing the sim for our pleasure and memories.