Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater
Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time in world sitting at the sim creation known as Furillen. The environment is a stark frozen winter scene and is an interpretation of the real world location of the same name located in Sweden. Serene Footman is the Second Life resident that has pulled this location together. Much of the surroundings are quite representative of the real world location and I would imagine that Serene has created the ‘feeling’ of Furillen.
Within the homestead sim (Love of Life), there are areas to sit alone or with friends both inside and out in the elements. The minimalistic design offers a hotel building with each room containing a unique set-up. There are other building around the sim where no detail has been left out. You get the feeling that you are arriving just as someone else has vacated a room. The real world Furillen was the site of a limestone industry and Serene has also done a wonderful job incorporating that aspect as well with the space.
The entire area is perfect for those taking pics in Second Life both for artistic and for location pics. It can work well for a blog backdrop as well as snaps of a gathering of your friends. Serene has even run a couple of themed photography competitions in recent months and the interpretations by the various SL residents is amazing. Sometimes the snow flurries about and that’s awesome for some and not so much for others. I personally enjoy it as it offers a realism but it can be a problem for some graphics cards. The music on the stream is a custom playlist that Serene has put together especially for Furillen. This might be one of my favorite reasons to visit, but I think mostly it is because the music just “fits” the habitat so well.
Lately, there have been a smattering of events on the sim – from art showings, to ‘happy hours’ where there is a mad rush to join by sitting on one of the famous pier chairs, to an impromptu immersive art presentation by SaveMe Oh. The Furillen group is the best way to keep up with what’s happening – planned or spontaneous events.
To find out more about Furillen -virtual and real – check out Serene’s website.