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Joshua Nightshade’s Abstract Avatars

Josuha Nightshade handed me a landmark to his store following my appealing for quirky lower traffic places in game to review. The store is on its own dedicated homestead sim and sells robotic avatars and accessories.

The prices are very reasonable with a good number of freebies and then the paid items starting at just L$50! What compelled me to stay long enough to find this out though was the layout and design of the store, much of which seems to be the handiwork of Lordfly Digeridoo.

Sector 7

Sector 7

The inside of the store uses glow well! I normally am a little, well… very much against glow as most people drastically overuse it (often because their graphics cards don’t permit them to see just how glowy things really are)! But here is is used well and to great effect. The whole store has a futuristic feel to it.

Abstract Avatars

Abstract Avatars

My only complaint on the layout is that was easy to get lost if you flew a little too far. The map at the store front was great but would have been improved with teleporters on it. One awesome touch is the projector style used in the building for many of the posters and for the map too.

Abstract Avatars

Abstract Avatars

Now for the merchandise itself. I am actually not a big avatar fan, in so much as I tend to stick with my one human avatar, overly perfect skin, well preened hair and eyes the girls seem to just love. But I did try out one or two of the free avatars Joshua has out available in store and it is easy to see the quality. Although far more simple than his premium avatars, these freebies really do show off the neatness of Joshua’s work and how well the avatar works too. Flawlessly! The design stands out and again remains true to the theme he wishes to follow. The animation he has used allows the avatars to be very, very small and compact.

The store is laid out clearly insofar as you can see everything when you enter an area straight away. There is a gifting option for those who wish to send the items as gifts as well. This is a great idea!!

The place is somewhere worth visiting whether you are an avatar fan or not, simply for its loyalty to its futuristic theme. Futuristic is done badly in a lot of places in game and it is refreshing to see it done to perfection here! Go visit!

You will Abstract Avatars here.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Shopping | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Second Louvre Museum

As far as I was aware, Kharis Forti’s Second Louvre museum was fairly well known about and frequented. However, on my latest visit today I noticed traffic was limited and decided to ask a few people on my buddies list whether they had been. None of them had heard of it!

That in itself is a complete travesty. This place is utterly amazing! The build is impeccable and certainly one of the finest in Second Life™ and the content is of a superbly high standard as well. The structure was created by Kharis Forti (who is also the curator) with painstaking detail and the end result is flawless.

The Second Louvre

The Second Louvre

The entrance hall is dominated by a Starax Statosky 2006 sculpture called Achilles, which is intricately detailed and a marvel to admire. What a shame Starax is no longer in game! The rest of the floor is a number of varying sculptures from some of the more ‘traditional art’ styles to some modern and abstract types too. It would be a shame for me to go into detail here as it is something that really would be better appreciated by visiting. Suffice to say that the work in display is created by a number of different people and none of it is anything less than high standard. It seems Kharis Forti is certainly maintaining a good level of work here to ensure the museum maintains its more ‘exclusive’ feel.

The remaining floors contain paintings and photographic arts again contributed by a number of artists and again of great standard! Needless to say, not everything will be to everyone’s tastes here, given that the styles are so varied. However, ever if something might not be a style you would usually appreciate, what you cannot fail to appreciate is the amazing level of workmanship and creativity in both the contents and build.

Whether you enjoy RL museums or not, the Second Louvre is a must see in Second Life. The build bears something of a resemblance to its Parisien namesake and whether you go as someone who appreciates art or not, you will be sure to love the standard of the build.

You will find the Second Louvre here. Go visit! It really is amongst the best places in Second Life.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Arts and Culture, Beautiful Places | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments