It’s been one of those days. You want to explore, but your Avatar is tired and those new mesh feet are aching. Fear not!
Morton Funk’s↑ beautiful sim High Water↑ not only provides a visually stunning backdrop for his art collection, it also includes a wealth of seating options.
You’ll find an eclectic mix of 2D and 3D works (most of the former float on the waves). Morton has provided small disks next to each piece with a link to the artist’s URL for the curious.
This is a wonderful collection of objects, easily explored by wading through the shallow water. But, as I said earlier, if those couches and chairs are just too inviting, take a comfortable seat and use your camera. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on July 30, 2015
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.
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)
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. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on July 24, 2015
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.”
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. :)
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)!
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. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on July 19, 2015