May 21, 2010

Utopia, in Blue

Word to my fellow SL explorers: a truly spectacular SIM showcase has kicked off in honor of the World's Fair in RL. Linden Labs has donated 5 SIMs towards these "Utopia" builds, which feature creators like Bryn Oh and her lonely, eerie landscapes. -- Check out this half-drowned merry-go-round. Cool eh?
I just had to explore these in this sky blue bodysuit that's free courtesy of the Pig lucky boards. Some newish Truth hair + Laq redhead "Julie" skin + I was ready for my Utopian travels.
What I love about Bryn Oh's builds is the uneasy balance she strikes between the warm, rosy glow of nostalgia + the dark dread of futuristic horror. Spindly metal arcs + massive stone formations cut striking silhouettes against the sky. It's like walking thru sculpture.
The sounds are also striking. A whirring of metal here, a metallic slicing noise there. Enormous glowing blocks materialize out of nowhere for you to tread on. Everywhere, you are alone amidst isolated structures + pooling water. And that's just SIM 1!
As a caveat, these were shot on my own Windlight settings (since for whatever reason, Gavin and I couldn't get the recommended WL settings to work). I'm sure they look much more awes on the recommended. Le grrr.

All the SIMs are full of hidden secrets, like this phonograph tucked into a glowing sculpture, which plays "I'm In The Mood For Love" and a sweetly tinkling "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" while droning bees buzz all around your face (you can hear their ominous swarming sound).
A message from Bryn Oh, alongside egg-like formations of gestation and mechanized birth. I also loved how there was some utterly random trinket next to this that was $5,000L. Hee.
As a nod to the RL home to the World's Fair in Shanghai (in RL), the visual art theme centers around a Chinese folk tale of "The Whisper Tree," where you can whisper to a tree what's missing (each of the SIMs are "missing" something, from "sound" to "energy"). -- Check the Styling Credits below for a shot of the tree in Utopia 5, which I thought was one of the most spectacular of all.

We SLifers know that this is truly one of the most amazing things about SL: to lose yourself in this crazy metaverse of fantasy and imagination. It's all about the meta, baby.

You can see these spectacular SIMs thru (I believe) October, when they will be dismantled. *mwuahs* to Bryn Oh + all the other creators for creating something truly fantastic for us. Love + fashionista (explorer) kisses to all!

Teshan2222 Wycliffe
(who lives for exploring, in any life)

Bodysuit: Pig - The Helendale Azur - lucky board prize - free
Socks: Pig - Knee Sock Mit Suspenders - Aqua
Laq - Julie - 04 [Peach] Glow skin
Necklace: TBP - Tahitian Pearls Necklace Gold
Cake - Bedroom Lashes
Hair: Truth - Marcelle - copper
Earrings: Donna Flora - Violetta Earrings - $1L
Ring: Chuculet - My Sweep Ringpop - strawberry - $5L
Negaposi - Lunar Eyes - Azur and Fairy Eyes - Azur
Bracelets: LP vs Garage - Connected bracelet [resize]
Poses by: With Love & Squalor - $50L Fridays sale

Take Utopian flight here: World Expo - Bryn Oh (this is just 1 build -- make sure to see all of 'em!)