There are many white cliffs on this planet of ours; I guess every country worth its salt has some of those spooky but elegant suckers. And The White Cliffs of Dover are even on exhibition in SL. In LEA 14 to be more exact. Amanda Magick showed them in her blog. And today I was there … and I was far less impressed:
There are some positive points speaking for this “art” installation, but also some negatives. First we gotta ask if the recreation of a natural rock formation can be counted as art.
I mean the cliffs are very nicely done, and the only slightly altered from standard noon SL light windlight setting does give the whole setup a very natural but plain look. I’d wished for some rain clouds or something northerly.
And the sparseness of the area around the cliffs is met perfectly by Tahiti Rae. But that leads to the first negative aspect I got to mention: Sorry to say, the whole setup is very uninspired and bored me to tears. Two little buildings by the lighthouse and one WW2 fighter plane isn’t enough to look at and engage with for any length of time.
See, in RL I love those landscapes and can get lost in the dunes and fields and beaches for hours on end. But in RL we have the crisp sea wind, the salty air, the rich atmosphere. And we take home the sunburned prickly skin and a healthy appetite for something with potatoes and mountains of meat. All these things just can’t be replicated in SL. So I left this huge build after five minutes. As soon as I had my photos done I was also done with the place.
And now my biggest complaint: As you can see in photos #3 and #6 we’re in front of a big photo backdrop. That limits our usable camera and viewing angles if we don’t wanna destroy the illusion. That’s bad.
Nevertheless if you’re about to snap some nice portraits for your profile or need to do some fashion shots, this is a good location. Although the question remains: Is it art?