I was determined to do a blog post today – even though I’ve been very distracted (more on that in a bit). I finally followed Ziki↑ and others to Spanish Wells↑.
Imagine you had a surfing sim and wanted a special landscape – the first person you might think of is Cica Ghost – you know, Cica of Rust↑ and Little Village↑ among other great builds.
If she wouldn’t have been the person you thought of, I’m very very glad that this sim owner – shannon Cardalines – was smart enough to do so.
This is not your standard beach, it’s pure Cica. From the Sand Man – who dislodges a few grains every time he moves – to the truly outrageous trees and quirky animals, it’s a landscape you’ll love.
I took a friend with me to see Spanish Wells↑. He re-appeared a few days ago in SL after an absence of many years. I don’t just mean pre-mesh, we’re talking pre-Windlight.
He’s been blown away by the amazing sims and the changes he’s seen. It takes something like watching him rediscover the grid to realize just how far we’ve come.
Getting to show him something that is both practical – well, you do get to surf – and artistic and beautiful was fun.
Helping him update his avatar is a little more difficult given my challenges in the shopping area – but I’m working on it. In the meantime, I’m thoroughly enjoying his enthusiasm for sights that I might have been taking for granted. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 21, 2014
It is time once again to revisit La Città Perduta↑ (The Lost Town), where the locals invite artists to populate their community with the wild and wonderful. AKILAE Gant↑ and Sivi Kelberry↑ curate the art in their Town and they have a superb track record.
The current exhibit is Becoming↑ by Meilo Minotaur↑ and Capcat Ragu↑.
When I think of these two artists it is in the context of avatars; the nature of avatars as an act of self, avatars as art, as expressions of inner demons or angels, as our constructs from whatever it is that is driving us or pushing us. Their works are also fun and sometimes bizarre.
I love them!
If you’ve ever visited their sim Porto↑ then you know they also create gorgeous, ethereal landscapes. Their installation here adds that dimension to the streets and buildings of La Città Perduta↑.
The theme, you will quickly realize, involves birds. Lots of birds. The avatars you’ll find include a pigeon in a bowler hat who is riding a skate board and wouldn’t sit for a portrait.
As you explore the Town and the exhibit, be aware that there are supposed to be 4 Easter Eggs↑ – if you find them you’ll acquire free avatars. The clue is “Good hunting and remember, there is not the hens that lay eggs … :)”
I found none of them – which is probably because I suck big time at hunts and because I was distracted. You see there’s this woman, who is a tree, and she burps hummingbirds.
Visit Becoming↑ … it’s fabulous!
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 19, 2014
I have some “meatier” posts in the queue, but they’ll have to wait until I have time to do a better job on them. Before I head off into the unknown territory that is RL, I decided to follow Ziki↑ to Santaurio↑.
By the way, following Ziki is always a good idea – her post today↑ makes me want to ditch all of my lists and explore some more. That will have to wait.
This island is a lush tropical landscape with lots of beaches. It’s also gaining traffic quickly – a half naked man named Vittorio landed on my head as I was looking around. He was very, um, tanned.
A simple case of unfortunate timing has the design start off with a crashed plane. Think “Lost” rather than real life tragedy though.
This is a gorgeous sim and I was definitely overdressed (my new friend had some suggestions about wardrobe which I ignored).
If you can bring yourself to move away from the beach you’ll find rock cliffs, and hidden pools, and the ruins of whatever civilization used to inhabit the island.
I left the sun-worshipers to complete this travelogue and get ready for my plunge into muggle-land.
Oh … if you happen to run into Vittorio, he assures me he is very talented in a number of areas. I chose to forgo the demonstration, but the opportunity is there if you are so inclined.
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 17, 2014