The Urban Art Experience, Revisited

I noticed that Charmarley Nightfire has relisted his Urban Art Experience as updated, so I popped over a couple of times today, just to take a second look. (The first time I visited this morning, I encountered a newcomer to Sansar, who said he was connecting from Saudia Arabia!)

There’s lots of amazing urban art on display, as I reported on my first visit, including at least one new gallery. I took a few photos to give you a taste of what’s there, and to encourage you to make a visit yourself to this virtual art gallery. Where else could you see so much urban art all in one place? You’d have to travel the globe to see all the art in its original locations!

You enter a dimly-lit, meandering cave where fireflies dance near the entrance, and you discover several monochrome artworks which are on display by candlelight. If you’re visiting in desktop mode, you might find it a bit too dark, which means you could get lost. Follow the candles!

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A side passage in the cave takes you to some colourful and playful murals:

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You continue through, past a political Pinocchio mural where a war rocket replaces Pinocchio’s lying nose, and you exit the cave. Turn left and follow the stone wall, and you will find a new gallery, with a yellow “Warning: Area Under Construction” sign. As you follow the stone hallways, you come across windows opening out onto bitingly satirical cartoon images, each taking a potshot at corporate greed and amorality:

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The only way that this splendid virtual art collection could be any better, would be if Charmarley added captions to the works on display, giving information about the artists who did the work. (I realize that in some cases the works are anonymous.)

If you haven’t been yet, or if you haven’t been lately, I would urge you to pay a visit. It’s definitely one of my Top Sixteen Sansar experiences!

Pick of the Day: E.C. Holden Test Gallery

Eric Holden is an artist and VR/AR researcher who has just put up a small gallery of his art and sculpture.

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In these pictures Vanity Fair is wearing:

Hair: Short Bob from the default Sansar hairstyles palette in Lookbook

Jewelry (except the Necklace): Bindi and Earrings Set by Cat

Necklace: Blue Dragonfly Necklace by Talevin

Dress: Hip and Casual Green Tunic by Whystler

Pick of the Day: Minimalisms

I first heard about Minimalisms from Inara Pey’s blogpost, where she has written a wonderful in-depth post about Zafia Vesta’s experience, and I would encourage you to visit her blog called Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World, and read it in full. I finally went to visit Minimalisms this morning, and it is my Pick of the Day for today.

Zafia has written about her experience:

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Set to a composition by Philip Glass called The Grid, from the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack, Zafia has placed a number of minimalist artworks, many of them animated.

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I was new to the concept of minimalism in art, so I found the whole experience to be educational, engaging, and a good introduction to minimalism. Well done, Zafia!

Pick of the Day: My Brain-Attic

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My Brain-Attic is a dimly lit art experience by theoxyz, set to menacing, foreboding music and the sound of a human heartbeat. You can feel the sense of menace in the air as you wander around the art installations, inside what appears to be someone’s brain. It’s a very well done experience, and well worth a visit. (When you see it inside a VR headset, it appears a little brighter than it would appear from these images, taken as screen captures from the desktop version of Sansar.)

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Pick of the Day: The Urban Art Experience

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Sansar is a natural environment for art. The Urban Art Experience by Charmarley Nightfire bills itself as “a hand-picked collection of works from the world’s very best urban artists”, and it certainly delivers.

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I was a little confused at first because I visited this experience twice to take these pictures, and I started off in two different spots! The second time, I spawned in a small park where you walk into a venerable red British telephone booth which teleports you to Art Street.

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In Art Street, the houses are literally plastered with fine examples of urban art! It’s quite enjoyable to walk around and experience works by Banksy and other street artists.

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There’s also a “contest” by the experience creator, Charmarley Nightfire:

Come and try the INVADER CHALLENGE…here’s how it works: There are 10 Invader pieces hidden around the experience. Simply find the odd one out and email me why it’s the odd one out to charmarleynightfire@maiL.com FOR EVERY CORRECT ANSWER RECEIVED, I WILL DONATE S$50 TO THE PALESTINIANS CHILDRENS RELIEF FUND!! (only one entry per user, per week)

Atlas Hopping with Drax and Strawberry, Episode 5!

Wow, hard to believe that we are already on Episode 5! I joined the party late because I was busy doing The Renaissance Hunt 7 over in Second Life. There are over 70 wonderful gifts, so be sure to do the hunt before it ends September 30th! Here is my medieval roleplay avatar, Scarborough Fair, wearing the beautiful Lucia gown by Jezzixa Cazalet for Prism Designs, and the Santiago coin brooch by Jacon Cortes Designs, both of which are free Renaissance Hunt gifts:

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Today we visited four Sansar experiences (I was only at the first three):

  1. Hootenanny, by Lillani
  2. VR Cult – The Events Hub, by Colpo Wexler
  3. Astro Port, by Mold3D
  4. Beginner Yoga Session for Headset Users, by Dutchie

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The VR Cult experience is particularly captivating in a VR headset. As I mentioned earlier when I selected this experience as my Pick of the Day, VR Cult is currently hosting two exhibits of artwork by the Italian artists Matteo Guariso, a photographer, and Francesco Musante, a painter and illustrator.

Here’s Strawberry Singh’s live stream of our Atlas Hopping event:

And here is Draxtor Despres’ live stream:

Pick of the Day: VR CULT – The Events Hub

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Today’s Pick of the Day is a Sansar experience built by Colpo Wexler called VR CULT – The Events Hub. The experience bills itself as “an experimental space entirely dedicated to virtual events (Art, Design, Fashion, Music)”. At the moment the space hosts exhibits of two Italian artists: Matteo Guariso, a photographer, and Francesco Musante, a painter and illustrator. The Musante exhibit was curated by Mexi Lane.

The galleries are bright and open, and geometric in design. Gently sloping ramps take you through the colourful, playful objects and paintings by Francesco Musante. Large video screens show visitors other art installations by the same artist.

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The photography of Matteo Guariso is divided up into two galleries, one devoted to black and white architectural photographs, and the second for a small collection of colour fashion photography and architectural photography.

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