Last Looks


Three popular destinations are closing over the next few weeks. I made a last visit to each of them, a little heavy hearted, the way one usually feels when saying goodbye to a special place. My first stop was Tillicum Island, by Tinker Drew, a landscape incorporating lush fields, rolling hills and ocean areas, that will close by the end of August. This is a lovely place to stroll, just hang out and spend time taking photos. The second place I visited, Santaurio, by Jac and Romy Mornington, closes in September and will eventually be replaced by an entirely new landscape. I remember when this place opened, with it’s lush tropical areas and relaxing places to sit and contemplate; it was however the crashed air plane especially I think that was the most intriguing for visitors to explore.


Finally, my last stop tonight is The Forgotten City. The oldest of these three places, put together by Mandy Marseille, it is an architectural marvel consisting of many exciting corners to explore, including the intriguing Mechanical Toy Factory. It also will close sometime in September. Thank you to all of the owners of these places for creating such beautiful places for us to visit. They will be missed.

Forgotten City

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

A Bit of Red


A Bit of Red by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo opened at MetaLES yesterday. This is the first time in a long while that I have seen a collaborative installation by these two artists who I know have worked closely in the past. The exhibit is inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, a novel that has been made into a popular film and musicals. Provided at the landing is a notecard with a fitting segment of words; [a] heart and a rose…. the perfect elements, through which it begin a journey that leads to the vision of some fragments in a story of passion and pain… While I haven’t seen the Phantom of the Opera and thus had some difficulty grasping the full meaning of the installation, it ultimately didn’t really matter. This is clearly about love, loss and longing.

A Bit of Red

The foundation of this work consists of large blocks in various geometric shapes. There are two enormous metal pipes attached at the bottom of these. Some of the large shapes are connected. Others are simply in very close proximity and it is easy to fall in between them when walking around. There are large openings on most of the top-surfaces of the shapes, some covered by sturdy metal grids other by glass; one will fall though some of them and not through others. When falling one drops through one of the large metal pipes. It took us a while to figure this out, but eventually we realized that one is probably actually supposed to fall!  The unexpected falling is perhaps part of the installation, contributing to an overall sense of drama and loss of balance. Throughout the space there are groups of objects and figures, symbolizing in one way or another passion, love and loss. The textures used here are beautiful and exquisite and so very typical I think especially of Nessuno’s work. Surrounding it all are several gentle lights positioned on thin wire-like posts. This installation will be open for another two months, make sure not to miss it.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf



I think it is fair to say that Cica Ghost’s new installation Strings is poetic. Or, one could also safely propose that this is the stuff of which fairy tales are made. In her sim-sized exhibit she integrates an ancient villa, various instruments, people, trees and a landscape in a way which we have not seen it done by Cica before. While the muted colors, the grass and flowers, and the ground texture are certainly recognizable as hers, there is also something completely different going on here.


I think it is the people, or the figures rather, that bring a kind of lightness and a different dimension to this work. I experienced it as more alive than her other installations. Inside the house, an incredible fantasy dollhouse-like setting, are little domestic scenes, further contributing to a general sense of immersion. The cooky little figures are seen everywhere; outside, inside, and leaning outside of windows and thus providing a connection between the interior and the exterior. As each figure is involved in some sort of activity, even though most of them are static, they come across as engaged.


In so many ways this installation reminds me of earlier work by Romy Nayar. There is a depth to the overall experience that is not so easily achieved. Most of all there is a sense that there is a story here, or perhaps many stories, just waiting to be discovered and told. Bravo, Cica, I think this is possibly the best of your installations so far.


Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Pfaffenthal 1867

2We visited today Pfaffenthal 1867. In an effort to accurately recreate a portrayal of Luxembourg in 1867 the creator, Hauptmann Weidert, has done a remarkable job putting together this historical role-play sim.  Winding roads, clustered house dwellings, bridges and little stores of all kinds fill this place. All items on the sim are time-appropriate and fit together so very beautifully. In a note card at the landing one learns that [t]he 1867 story aspires to explore its [Luxembourg’s] history, trying to meet not only its famous characters, but also brave little people. Luxembourg invites us into its contrasting topography, steep, leading us down hidden paths were we discover its mysteries and its treasures. Stories, legends, architectures, casemates, uptown ,downtown, roads and bridges offer us an exciting decor. It still has a story to tell. And it is through women and men that lived in the past, and those who live in the present, with different points of view, with divers knowledge, that we could revel in its grace, survey its enigmas, mourn its misfortunes.  As with most role play sims, there are a few guidelines, one of them being to change into time-appropriate clothing; free outfits are available at the landing point. It takes some time to do this, but it was worth it in the end. This is a great place to take photographs; head over and take a look if you haven’t already!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

junk. mainstore

1I usually don’t blog about shopping venues, but this particular place is an exception. Junk’s new mainstore, by Tab Tatham and EvanKeel, has been open since August 1.  The weekend opening was a big event with 50% off all non-gacha items, free gifts for all visitors, DJs and live music. There was a photography contest (now closed) and the winners will be announced on August 10. The items for sale by junk. are well made and very cool; the textures are of high quality and the poses used in furniture are great. The layout of the shopping area itself is well thought out and is super easy to navigate. We visited, got a few things and had a great time. Today I returned to check out the sim itself. See this place is not only a shopping venue but also a fantastic travel destination.  I loved walking around and exploring all corners, taking some photographs. Head over and take a look!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf


1The Mumintrollen TV shows and books, written by Tove Jansson and illustrated by her and her brother Lars Jansson, were part of my childhood growing up in Sweden. So when  I read about the Second Life Mumintrollen place in Apmel’s blog, I simply had to make visit and blog about it too.  These little fantasy figures (Mumintrollet, Muminmamman and Muminpappan) live in Mumindalen and get into all kinds of trouble with each other and their peculiar friends. The Mumintrollen  place in Second Life is located on a parcel on Django, a Japanese Resort Sim, and I think has been put together by Rei Tokyoska. The place has no name, but it doesn’t really matter. The textures used for the objects here are unfortunately not that great, but nonetheless, Mr. Tokyoska has succeeded in putting together a magical little world where any friend of the Mumintrollen would feel welcome and at home. Great job!

2Photographs by Kate Bergdorf