Poetry of the Planets

On LEA4 till the end of May, you can experience Caledonia Skytower’s Poetry of the Planets. And it is an experience!

Inspired by Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets”, an orchestral suite from 1918, seven planets (though Jupiter is still in the making at the moment of the writing of this blog) have been made for you to visit.

In each sphere you will find an immersive space, decorated in theme,  with a link to Holst’s piece of the corresponding planet.

As the environment wraps around you and you feel the urge to slow down and take your time, (at least that was the effect it had on me), you are invited to  write a poem.

You will find more information and background on the accompanying blog.

Poetry of the Planets - Mars

Mars – Bringer of War

Poetry of the Planets - Venus
Venus – Bringer of Peace

Caledonia is of course known for her Storytelling abilities with the Seanchai Library and it should not be a surprise that she found a way to incorporate so many storytelling aspects in this build. The environment, the music, the sounds, it all adds up to an amazing group of worlds to get lost in and be inspired.

The planets all have a very different feel to them, and so you will probably be attracted by one more than the others.  My mind was instantly drawn to Saturn, its simplicity beautiful and daunting.

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Saturn – Bringer of Old Age
Poetry of the Planets - Saturn - Bringer of Old Age (poem)
Saturn – Poem

All in all, well worth a bit of your time, if not a lot. And expect to want to come back for seconds and thirds.

A friend of mine found the planets also very inspiring: Mars Will Send No More

Niamh’s Journey of Dreams

A new build is finished on Mistwood Isle!

Niamhs Journey Opening Poster

This time it has been a collaboration between CybeleMoon and myself. We took Cybele’s Tales of the Tuatha and turned it into a world.  Parts of her stories can be found in the storyboards on the sim, where you can follow in Niamh’s footsteps.

For the full tales, please look at: CybeleMoon’s Tales of the Tuatha.

Inspired by those tales and the pictures Cybele added for the atmosphere, I started painting and building. Working together, inspiring one another as we were building up the sim, we came to a finished project on Easter Sunday. And we are very proud of it!

Special thanks to Elwyn Lorefield for creating the fireflies.

Niamh's Journey - Firefly Forest

You can find the world of Niamh’s dreams here: Niamh’s Journey of Dreams

Make sure you wander and not cam from one point, cause there are multiple Windlight effects through the sim!

Cybele made a trailer/video for the sim! Niamh’s Journey of Dreams

More pictures and blogposts about Niamh’s Journey can be found here:

CKB Art Group on Flickr (feel free to post your pics of the sim here!)

Cale’s Storyteller’s Notebook

Inara Pey’s Niamh’s Journey of Dreams

Cybele’s Are you ready to follow Niamh?

Owl Dragonash’s Niamh’s Journey

Orca’s Niamh’s Journey of Dreams

Eddi & Ryce Photograph Second Life

Riverpearl’s Million Happy Endings

Niamh's Journey - Gate to Tir Na Nog 2
Gate to Tir Na Nog
Niamh's Journey - White Swan
White Swan
Niamhs Journey Profile Pic
Bird’s Eye View of the Sim

Spilling JueL Tones

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Fancy being embraced by warm colours? Would you like to wander around in someone’s mind? Then LEA4 is the sim to be! Until the end of February 2017 you will be able to roam in Suzen JueL’s world.  Inspired by her music she has designed this world where the environment fits perfectly with the  colourful paintings and little characters she has created. The experience was even more enhanced for me when she told me how one of her songs particularly inspired the build and I started listening to it while roaming around. (“Caravan“). Highly recommendable!

The bubble at the entry point is a wonderful way to float around, especially as builds and art are high up as well as on ground level.

Well worth spending a bit of your inworld time at this place. Or even to sit down at one of the many cosy spots around and just take it all in, relax and enjoy the warmth.

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Caravan

LM to LEA4-Spilling JueL Tones

Suzen JueL’s Marketplace (where you can buy the art of the installation)

Suzen JueL on FB

For a longer post about this installation, with an interview and lovely pictures by my talented Friend Owl Dragonash, click here: Through Owl’s Eyes

Shadows of a Dream at Nitroglobus Hall

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What a treat this was! Since  we met at my own gallery some time ago, Sheldon and I have been going back and forth with updates on our latest expositions. When he invited me to have a look at  Angelika’s and his work at Nitroglobus Hall I was in for a pleasant surprise. Such a wonderful gallery!

The Black and white interior, the mirroring effect in combination with the animated floor, is something you really need to experience for yourself! Dido Haas is the owner of the gallery and her friend Nitro was the genius who came up with this idea for a gallery. Brilliant indeed.

The exposition Shadows of a Dream consists of works from SheldonBR and Angelika Corral. They always do shows together and it’s a wonderful mix of works to look at.

Though their subject matter,  the human (often female) body, and love for Monochrome is a joint factor, their tools are different.

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Sheldon works with charcoal, pastel and conté, drawing beautiful shapes of female bodies, with gestures and motion. His drawings of the sensuality of  a female back are a joy to look at.

Angelika works with digital tools, photographing in SL and using her own poses to translate her moods and ideas into images. It is hard to see whether her pictures  are pixels of pixelated people, or pixels of real life ones. Her skills of use of light are something to aspire to! She has a flickr page: Angelikacorralsl.

Both artists, besides having subjects and monochrome in common, also seem to share an attraction for sensuality and melancholy in their works. Shadows of a Dream is a fitting title indeed.

This exposition (Feb/March 2016) as well as the Nitroglobus Hall itself are very much worth a visit!

 

Silas Merlin, Pastel Portraits

During my roamings I came across a small gallery which currently exhibits works from  Silas Merlin. An RL artist from France with an inworld avatar as well.

I was blown away! His pastel portraits draw you in, the detail and lighting are incredible. Most definitely worth a look!

You can find it inworld here:

Gallery 24

and his RL website is here:

http://lesaint.fr/

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The girl is my personal favourite!

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