13 April 2011

Empyreal Dreams - When Words become Vision

Sometimes taking a look into good-ol' Second Life Showcase leads you to quite amazing discoveries. Empyreal Dreams is such one. The idea is pretty simple - visualizing some of the greatest pieces of literature and poetry in a virtual environment - but the result is simply stunning!

The exhibition currently features 4 different works:
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo and Emily Brontë's poem "The Bluebell".

The Raven:

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore --
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
" 'T is some visitor, " I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door--
  Only this and nothing more."..."

Amazing how they put Poe's life into a simple yet meaningful and touching scenery

Quoth the Raven... 

The Bluebell:

"...Those sunny days of merriment
When heart and soul were free,
And when I dwelt with kindred hearts
That loved and cared for me..." 

You may have already noticed my affinity for swings and rocking things.

"No Photos please!" Even underground-dwelling fairy creatures like some cozy treehouses - sometimes.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:

"It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
"By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

"The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May'st hear the merry din."

He holds him with his skinny hand,
"There was a ship," quoth he.
"Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

He holds him with his glittering eye—
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years child:
The Mariner hath his will..."

Quite the epic welcome.

"Water water everywhere..." especially from above - yuck!

Trouble rarely looked that cool, don't you think?

Seafood - extra large.

Rain, spray and a huge roaring sea - The Anicent Mariner is perhaps their most spectacular work.

Les Misérables:

"Those are rare who fall without becoming degraded; there is a point, moreover, at which the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confounded in a single word, a fatal word, Les Misérables."

I can't imagine a better fitting setting for the desperation the novel breathes...

...but when the night is at it's darkest...

...the stars shine brightest.

Of course I took Venus.

Empyreal Dreams can be found at a sim with the quite memorable name Ctrl Shift H.

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