Two More Landscapes for Your Camera in Second Life

Kartimar – Home of Entwined Hair (moderate)

Yes, I’m a landscape junkie. I know there’s a store on Kartimar, and someday I should really go back and check out the hair at Entwined.

Kartimar – Home of Entwined Hair (moderate)

However, first I’d have to get tired of trying to capture the wonderful backdrop Vivienmarli has gifted us. That didn’t happen this morning. :)

Kartimar – Home of Entwined Hair (moderate)

I was going to talk about a different location today. Ziki let us know a while ago that Roche was closing – a favourite destination for many. Well, Ricco discovered that the island is still there, but with a new owner and a completely new landscape.

Kartimar – Home of Entwined Hair (moderate)

I was going to follow him, but honestly his pics are so good and his discussion of anthropomorphism so intriguing, I decided to just recommend that you read his post.

Enjoy both of these builds – they’re worth your time. :)

Kartimar – Home of Entwined Hair (moderate)

A Suitably Dramatic Backdrop for Doomed Love in Second Life

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

Opera, particularly Wagnerian opera, is big in scale, in storyline, in voices, and in drama. Creating an environment which suits this type of production is difficult given the relatively small spaces which host them.

Second Life has a number of advantages in this regard, and Giovanna Cerise has provided us with a wonderful example.

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

The story of Tristan & Isolde (or Iseult) has inspired many creative types. Using the version composed by Richard Wagner, Giovanna has built a space within which the full power of the work could reside without overwhelming the backdrop.  (note that Wagner never referred to this work as an opera, preferring other terms – most of history has ignored this artistic caprice)

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

Although there are no performers occupying this stage, you can click on musical notes placed strategically around the build (make sure you turn off streamed music).

I’m not sure why doomed love stories are so popular in various creative works. A psychologist could probably explain that. He or she could also probably explain why your inner diva or divo surfaces as you explore this gorgeous set. Personally, I only indulged in one dramatic swoon. :)

Tristan und Isolde by Giovanna Cerise (moderate)

The Egg by Livio Korobase in Second Life

The Egg by Livio Korobase (moderate)

The second installation to open in this Round of the LEA Artist in Residence Grants is The Egg by Livio Korobase.

“Like multicolored skeins gathered around the nesting place of the cosmos, all cultures have woven their legends of the mystery of creation. Perhaps one of the most powerful symbols of this mystery is the egg.”

The Egg by Livio Korobase (moderate)

Livio’s Egg is balanced on scaffolding, centered on a ground of mandalas (for Buddhists and Hindus a symbol of the universe) and surrounded by vignettes.

These small scenes, to me, reflected little pieces of the lives and world we continue to create. There are images which endure from the history of multiple cultures – and objects which represent our youth and ambitions. Your interpretation may differ and be more accurate of course. :)

The Egg by Livio Korobase (moderate)

As you explore, click on objects and engage the poses. In true Livio style, there are toys and vehicles and surprises everywhere. Try the sound box (where you step on panels to create music), go inside boxes, and bounce on the spring horses. Have fun!

At the base of the center scaffolding you’ll see an arrow – click on this and you’ll be teleported into the Egg. Make sure you experience the animations (both on the petals and the shell)!

The Egg by Livio Korobase (moderate)

This installation is a joy and it’s beautiful. Engage the region default Windlight, Advanced Lighting, and make sure you have particles and sounds turned on.

Of course, since there is an egg – we also have chickens. Oh, and one last note – there’s a lot to see and play with, but I recommend you ride a paper airplane. :)

The Egg by Livio Korobase (moderate)
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