Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Pandora Box of Dreams #5: An Autumnal Dreams of Secrets



The latest iteration of Lokhe Angel Verlack's (Jackson Verlack's) Pandora Box of Dreams series of environmental art installations places the viewer in a gorgeous clear-skied autumnal landscape populated by several attractive buildings that should be visited. A winding path through trees rich with flaming orange and red leaves takes the visitor across brooks and a rocky forest floor with land and sea vistas that make great subjects for gorgeous photography.  Teleport down  by touching the door at the end of the arrival skybox. This is a highly recommended destination and one of the best in the Pandora Dream series.


Entrance Skybox -- Door is teleport portal to main installation
Links:

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Diamond%20bay/172/141/2002


Flickr:Pool:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/pandora_box_of_dreams/pool/


Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pandoraboxofdreams?_rdr=p





My past blog coverage and photography of prior 2015  installations of Pandora's Box of Dreams

#4: July 2015
Del Mar Dream- a beautiful Pacific island atoll in the middle of the calm Pacific Ocean
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/07/great-second-life-art-installation.html


#3: May 2015
River Dream- a nightime fantasy of a rocky waterscape and sculptures showing bionic forms:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/05/great-second-life-art-installations_27.html


#2: February 2015
The Season of the Sakura- a Japanese landscape with flowering cherry (sakura) trees:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/02/great-second-life-destinations-pandora.html





To see more blog coverage and great photography see the following blogs:


Inara Pey:  Living In a Modem World
http://modemworld.me/2015/09/16/a-pandoras-box-of-autumnal-dreams-in-second-life/


Echt Virtuell (Real Virtual)
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/simtipp-pandora-box-of-dreams.html


The World of Yana:
http://yana.slmame.com/e1544797.html




To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations











Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Willow's Oasis - A Hidden Gem




I discovered charming Willow's Oasis and thought that the landscaping and decoration of this charming small-scale Second Life refuge was perfect. Waves crashing into a rugged coast, and wildflowers surrounding a charmingly decorated cottage that is open for public visiting all complimented each other in this great find.  I highly recommend a visit.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystic/46/246/25




Willow's Oasis Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/2849644@N24/


To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations















Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Watercolors in the Rain, The Second Life Experience at LEA 29


Note: Watercolors in the Rain will formally open on October 1, 2015. 

"Watercolors in the Rain, The SL Experience" is the Second Life incarnation of the book by the same by David Lavigne, who is Surreal Skytower inworld. The art installation will be available for visiting through December 2015 over at LEA 29. David Lavigne describes the project as follows"

"I have a real world novel titled, Watercolors in the Rain. It is set in 1888 Victorian London. The story is an alternate history of the Jack the Ripper murders, only fictionalized and heavily laced with supernatural elements and a major retelling from a unique perspective. What I want to do, with builder friends. Is bring the vision of book, to virtual reality in Second Life."




The novel Watercolors in the Rain has been selected as one of the best books for the first half over at 2015 at Amazon, where it can be purchased for $15.95 in paperback and $4.99 on Kindle. I found the synopsis at Amazon, shown below, to be a good introduction to understanding the art installation:

"It is 1888, a battle-torn and weary America is still reeling from a war against itself. Although it has known peace for twenty-years, old hatreds still remain. American born Aubrey Lancaster has fled to London with her family, hiding from the secrets of their past and looking to start over. Aubrey soon finds that London has problems of its own. A killer roams its streets, one unlike the world has ever seen before! In the realm of vampires, werewolves, druids and witches, catching a killer is nothing more than opening your eyes to what really exists around you, a world which very few can truly see. But, make no mistake, it is there!"




The entrance to  Watercolors in the Rain is set inside a stone wall enclosure with mystical spherical lights that I assume have something to do with the setting of the novel. You progress though a landscape set in gorgeous autumn colors and proceed forward to a town that seems right out of New England in a Halloween setting. A trip up to a snowy mountaintop will lead you to a balloon right to a ghostly lit manor. I must confess to not knowing what the role play opportunities are here, but this art exhibit is a pleasure to wander around and photograph and I highly recommend a visit since everything is enchanting and well done.


To visit this art installation through December, 2015:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA29/93/140/25



Links:

Watercolors in the Rain has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Watercolorsintherain

To see more blog coverage and some very nice autumn-themed photography check out  Sophie in a Prettier Land's review:
http://sophieinaprettierland.blogspot.com/2015/07/watercolors-in-rain-book-and-sim.html

To find our more about the Linden Endowment for the Arts and see information on other art installations that can be visited:
http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/

To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations




To see more of my recent reviews of art installation, including landmarks, for other outstanding art installations  that can currently be visited as part of the LEA Artist-in-Resident Full Sim Program:

Failure to Thrive (The Gray Child) by Storm Septimus at LEA 15:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/09/great-second-life-art-installations.html

The Spiritual Journey of Kiesta Aljon's "Reflect The Light" at LEA 18
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/08/great-second-life-art-installations_19.html

Fuschia Nightfire's Work of Zero Significance Must Be Seen at LEA 21
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/08/great-second-life-art-installations.html

Recursion Pulsates with Life at LEA 27:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/09/great-second-life-destinations_19.html







Author David  Lavigne's Second Life Avatar is Surreal Skytower

Monday, September 21, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations For Autumn Foliage: Cape Juniper



The Northern Hemisphere Autumn starts later today, marking the end of summer. The Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of Spring today.

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures -- although I have to wait until November for cooler and drier weather to come to Florida. I also love the changing leaves in the brilliant red and golden colors of the season, even though we do not have any of this in South Florida's subtropical climate. I can still celebrate my favorite season by visiting autumn locations in Second Life.




Much of the United States and Canada has great Autumn foliage. It is the huge expanses of deciduous hardwood trees, most notably brilliant red Maples - the leaf on the national flag of Canada, which come to mind when one thinks of Autumn. These trees are primarily located in the Eastern States and Provinces. However, Autumn does not stop there.




If you go west in North America, out to the Rocky and Pacific Coastal Mountain Ranges of both nations, Autumn is just as magnificent but different. Other trees which thrive at higher and colder elevations, most notably Birches, also turn brilliant colors.  In fact, one of the most incredible foliage experiences I ever had was driving from Salt Lake City to Logan Utah on a trip in late September. Rows upon rows of brilliant orange Birch Trees, surrounded by dark green pines, set the mountain ranges ablaze -- the effect was magnificent.




Cape Juniper reminds me of one very special place, Lake Tahoe, which is surrounded by California and Nevada.  This area, located about a four hour drive from San Francisco, is more famous as a Winter ski destination. The Autumn season here, while not as well known, is a major tourist destination in its own. Tree-covered mountains, brilliant in color, cast bright reflections in the clear blue lake water here.




The architecture of Cape Juniper town reminded me of what you would find in this part of the United States -- not as quaint and atmospheric as what you would find in older Eastern States such as Vermont, but with a Western charm all their own. This is a very pretty destination and highly recommended for a visit.

SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hollandaise/26/40/28




All photography in this post uses Windlight Sky Setting Bree's Appleblossom, which I prefer for its bright and clear blue light.



To see more blog coverage:

Bitacora:
http://bitacora-viajera.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/cape-juniper.html

Ad Vitam Aeternam:
http://advitamternam.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/cape-juniper.html




See a great photograph of the diner shown below by Angelus Capra here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeluscapra1/20967029299/


To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations






Saturday, September 19, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Recursion at LEA 27 Pulsates with Life



FreeWee Ling's Recursion knocked me out when I visited the installation last week over at LEA 27. The entire sim moved and pulsated in an anarchic yes ordered primordial dance routine. Shapes were formed as a result of incredibly complex algorithms in the large circular laboratory area where the visitor controls object creations. Everything was forming to be incredible light-filled worlds which then can collapse and arise again in a totally different time, color, mood, and shape.




FreeWee's simple title for the explanation is  "Recursion: That which recurs or is recursive or which re-occurs. Reiterative. Repetitive. Repetitious". It this is what this art installation, then repetition has never looks as fascinating or beautiful.

All photography used the cloudy midnight black sky programmed at the region which I found to be very appropriate in highlighting, and at times making more subtle, the bright primary and metallic colors which as a key part of FreeWee's vision.




Recursion is a highly recommended art installation which will be open for public viewing throughout December 2015.  The exhibit was still under construction at the time I took these images, and may change somewhat when you visit. This is a hyperkinetic art installation, with lots of rezzing of shapes and movement of objects; be prepared to have a wide range of simulations to focus upon.

Here is the SLurl to the highly recommended interactive art installation:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA27/5/6/22




Artist FreeWee Ling has an excellent write-up of his thinking behind Recursion over at the LEA blog:
http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/2015/08/lea27-recursion.html




To see more blog coverage and excellent photography:

Ziki Questi's Blog:
http://zikiquesti.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/recursion.html

Echt Virtuell (Read Virtual)
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/lea-27-recursion-von-freewee-ling.html




To find our more about the Linden Endowment for the Arts:
http://lea-sl.org/

To see a current listing of more gorgeous places to visit in Second Life:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations





To see more of my recent reviews of art installation, including landmarks, for other outstanding art installations  that can currently be visited as part of the LEA Artist-in-Resident Full Sim Program:


Failure to Thrive (The Gray Child) by Storm Septimus at LEA 15:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/09/great-second-life-art-installations.html


The Spiritual Journey of Kiesta Aljon's "Reflect The Light" at LEA 18
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/08/great-second-life-art-installations_19.html


Fuschia Nightfire's Work of Zero Significance Must Be Seen at LEA 21
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/08/great-second-life-art-installations.html





I constructed the four animated GIFs from 17 - 25 individual frames at ezgif.com.  The animations show some of the spontaneous recursive activity which is key to this art installation/