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The Saltwater House

The Saltwater House - photo by Mr PJ Trenton

Join us today—Tuesday 29th September —for the viewing party for our show at 2pm SLT at our Designing Worlds studios on Northpoint.

This is the first show in our new season – and our first show where part of the broadcast comes from an Open Source grid.  But it’s a rather unusual grid – it’s the ScienceSim, run by Intel, and our guest, Miss Shenlei Winkler, has been running some fascinating research there into the possibilities of building in virtual worlds constructed on the Second Life type platform.

What sort of experiments?  Well … in our recent show featuring the talented team from The Loft – Colleen Desmoulins and Bethany Heart, we explored the new family home that they are creating together. At one point in the show we asked what we think of as the “money” question: “How many prims did you need to create this?”

The Loft team laughed. “If you need to ask that question,” they said, “you won’t be able to buy the house!”

So … prim-rich. But still … the region where they were building was richly and beautifully landscaped, and they had not one but three models of the house there. So … rich was probably around 3 – 4,000 prims.

Which means that, again and again, shortcuts must be found and compromises must be made. The wood board exterior walls are a texture on plain prims. So are the roof tiles – cunning shading gives the effect of 3D (and no-one does cunning shading better than The Loft). But … compromises. Making the best of limited resources.

But what if no compromises had to be made?

That was the challenge for Shenlei Winkler with her amazing Saltwater House on Chamomile in ScienceSim.

Forget about the 15,000 prim limit that *Second Life* imposes on a region. The work in Chamomile currently utilises over 130,000 prims … and it’s growing all the time!

If you look at the picture above … every board on those steps is a separate rpim board.  And every step is secured in place by four nails – each consisting of two prims.  You’ll see flower arrangements of over a thousand prims, and the jug below, containing separate cube of ice – and even prim pips in the lemon slices!

Lemon and Ice - in detail!

Lemon and Ice - in detail! - photo by Mr PJ Trenton

On the show, Shenlei will be joining us at the Designing Worlds studios on Northpoint to talk about her amazing work . As always, there’s a special gift for everyone who comes to the studio.

And as usual, there’s an exhibition to see in our Hall outside the studio – showing the work of designers who have featured in the series.  And at the moment, you can still explore the remarkable Middle Passage Experience (as seen in our show on July 14th) outside the studio to the west.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.

If you would like to read more about Shenlei and her work, there are two articles in the latest issue of Prim Perfect.  The photos in this post were taken by Mr PJ Trenton.

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Designing Worlds studio exhibition hall presents two new displays by Lorin Tone and Koshari Mahana. Lorin Tone’s display is an amazing installation called Galactic Noise Spewer. It is an interactive, playable in-world music machine which utilizes about 200 musical loops which can be changed realtime. Visitors can touch it, and make it play the different loops and just have fun with it!

Lorin Tone's Galactic Noise Spewer

Lorin Tone's Galactic Noise Spewer

You can visit and see more Lorin Tone’s creations in Lorin’s Sound Shack.

Koshari Mahana of Four Winds has set up a wonderful display “Mermaid Habitat”. It is a beautiful mermaid home, you can walk in it here in the exhibition hall and admire the landscape surrounding it. Four Winds and Four Directions specializes in homes, buildings and funishings from many different genres. Some of them include: Victorian, Medieval, Celtic, Rustic, Fantasy, Mermaid, Native American, African, Asian, Moroccan and many other world cultures.

Mermaid Habitat by Koshari Mahana

Mermaid Habitat by Koshari Mahana

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Eostara - Terra Level

Eostara - Terra Level

The most recent episode of the show is now available on the Designing Worlds website at the Treet TV archives – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.  You can also download the hi-def version of the show – and when it is somewhere as striking as Eostara, you are definitely going to want to see it in hi-def (if you can manage the bandwidth)!

Owned by Horris Fitzcarraldo and Carabella Babii and designed by Gwen Carillon, Eostara is an amazing gallery come wedding facility come party venue that will have jaws dropping at the sheer extravagant beauty of the place!

Eostara - Terra Level

Eostara - Terra Level

We started on the terra level, where there is a collection of some of the most beautiful (and controversial, in some cases) art installations in Second Life.

Then we move up to the remarkable city in the clouds, built on a base of crystal – and with some gorgeous interiors, such as the cathedral dome.

Eostara - Inside the cathedral dome

Eostara - Inside the cathedral dome

And while Elrik explored the cathedral with Gwen Carillon, Saffia was looking at the art collection on display in the Gallery  And we can promise you that this to be one of the most beautiful shows we have ever presented!

Eostara - City in the clouds

Eostara - City in the clouds

Although we are now taking a break, repeats of some of our shows will be shown at our regular time of 2pm. And we’ll be back for a new season on September 29th – with the first show to come from an Open Grid sim – so make a date for that!

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Eostara - Terra Level

Eostara - Terra Level

Join us today—Tuesday 1st September —for the viewing party for our show at 2pm SLT at our Designing Worlds studios on Northpoint.

This will be the last show in our current season (we’re taking a three week break to relax, refresh and generally regroup) – and we’re detemined to make it one to remeber by taking you to one of the most stunning locations in Second Life – an amazing gallery come wedding facility come party venue that will have jaws dropping at the sheer extravagant beauty of the place!

Eostara - City in the clouds

Eostara - City in the clouds

This is Eostara – the island owned by Horris Fitzcarraldo and Carabella Babii and designed by Gwen Carillon.  We actually held the second birthday party for Prim Perfect magazine here – and we have been vowing to come back ever since!

We start on the terra level, where there is a collection of some of the most beautiful (and controversial, in some cases) art installations in Second Life.

Eostara - Inside the cathedral dome

Eostara - Inside the cathedral dome

Then we move up to the remarkable city in the clouds, built on a base of crystal.  While Elrik explores the cathedral with Gwen Carillon, Saffia will be looking at the part collection on display in the Gallery here.  And we can promise you that it’s going to be one of the most beautifuul shows we have ever presented!

You can see the show live by joining our viewing party at the Designing Worlds studios on Northpoint. As always, there’s a special gift for everyone who comes to the studio.

Eostara - Terra Level

Eostara - Terra Level

And as usual, there’s an exhibition to see in our Hall outside the studio – showing the work of designers who have featured in the series.  And at the moment, you can still explore the remarkable Middle Passage Experience (as seen in our show on July 14th) outside the studio to the west.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.

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