Three New Second Life Builds for 2011

Crystal Palace 1

It has been a while since I have done an SL Explorer post, in fact, this is the first I have done all year.  First stop is one that caught my eye over at SLU, a new store in the shape of the famous “Crystal Palace” built in 1851 for the London Great Exhibition.  This has not been the first time I have pointed out a build of this historic and no longer existing building, but the old one no longer exist, as has according to the builder two others she has seen in the past.  So while this is not the first Crystal Palace in SL, it is the only one in existence today as far as I can tell, and actually, it is better than the last one I saw, especially with the historically accurate fountains and pools.

Crystal Palace 2

This one hopefully will be around for a while, it exists as a store, and stores tend to pay for themselves.  This build by the way is brand new, just opened today.  You can go there: Crystal Palace SLURL.  You can also learn more about the project from the builder here.

From bright and beautiful to dark and dangerous.  Next stop on the new build tour is Hell House, based on the Richard Matheson novel of the same name.  This is an ADULT haunted house, lots of naked ghosts, and gory images, so keep the kids away.  You can get there with this link: Hell House SLURL.  More info and screenshots are available here.

From the introductory notecard: Hell House is an immersive, fully interactive, 3D experience, so be sure to take your time as you explore its many rooms and myriad terrors. There are many small clues in drawers, on table-tops, and in cabinets, so be sure to “zoom in” on small objects and Click on anything you can if you want to find out more about Belasco and his horrific legacy. And allow plenty of time. Keep in mind — to see ALL that Hell House has to offer will take between 2 to 3 HOURS, so you may need to make more than one visit to experience each of the myriad apparitions and numerous paranormal events.

Finally, from the gory to the whimsical, “Through the Lens of Dreams” is an imaginative build made mostly of sculpties and meshes.  It has a “hand drawn” cartoon feel to the world. Through the Lens of Dreams SLURL.  I should point out that this world took a while to load (as did the first two mentioned in this post) but it is worth it. There is plenty to see here.

From the introductory note card: “Through the Lens of Dreams” is an exploration of the transformative nature of dreams, where each new setting may emerge from the last and seems continuous while we’re experiencing them.  The only truly consistent part of a dream is the viewer, that’s you.  Thus as you walk through the installation you help complete the piece, good work.  The piece is more a series of doodles that flow from each other than a single large composition so it seems somewhat sprawling and busy.  Just relax and enjoy your own little piece of the whole.

I don’t explore SL as much as I used to.  This is partly due to other distractions.  Many of my favorite builds are sadly gone, but I’ll keep my eye out for new ones and post about them when I find them.