Not quite the cheerful post title ever is it? It is the title of a new art installation at MetaLes, by Selavy Oh, so excuse me for the sombre headline!

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The Queen’s Gambit Declined (or QGD) is a chess opening in which Black declines a pawn offered by White in the Queen’s Gambit:

1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6

This is known as the Orthodox Line of the Queen’s Gambit Declined. When the “Queen’s Gambit Declined” is mentioned, it is usually assumed to be referring to the Orthodox Line.

Before you think that I know how to play chess…nope. I do not. At.all.  I got this information from wikipedia, hey hoo and thank the internet for googling!
The reason I had to Google this was because Queen’s Gambit Declined is the title of Rebeca Bashly’s current art installation at MetaLES.

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Sparkys - I

Sparkys is a wonderful, black and white/greyish, art installation on MetaLes by Romy Nayar, telling the story of a world without colour. Luckily a scientist found out how to produce colours, by collecting them from the ‘Sparkys’ ( a bee-like creature, living in a black forest) and so the residents of this world are busy colouring the world!

Sparkys - II

You move around in this world by hopping on a train or in a balloon or pod, they come and go regularly on which you can just sit and travel to the next level, in this city on poles. It’s a fun destination to explore and it is even interactive, once you have found the lady that hands out paint  you can colour too (it’s rezzable paint, so you need to join the group) – I wanted to colour, but when I visited it was a bit busy, so I will surely go back and try again!
Sparkys - III
Sparkys - IV

After I saw pictures on Flickr of Rebeca Bashly’s latest full sim art installation ‘Sleepy Snail‘ I immediately put it on my list of things to go see ASAP! It’s known I am a fan of Rebeca’s work, and this one on Metales is as delightful as I hoped it would be! Now, I am not the only one who has to guess the meaning of this piece of art, fellow bloggers HonourZiki and Inara have visited and blogged about the Snail and it was a relief to read they too are not sure what the meaning is, heh!

Art does not always have to be accompanied by an explanation, in order to simply enjoy it. Sleepy Snail is just wonderful, steampunkish and a joy to look at and admire. Also, a nice change to all the winter and snow sims I have been visiting the past days/weeks!

Sleepy Snail - I Sleepy Snail - II Sleepy Snail - III Sleepy Snail - IV

The talented Chica Ghost has yet created another stunning art installation, this time on MetaLES, called: Ghostville. Chica is also the creator of the black and white installation some months ago (with the stick figures) and the RUST installation on LEA.

Ghostville has some elements of both Black and White and Rust in them, so it is like you are walking in a sequel of her art, very lovely!

I really like the half-built Mediterranean-like buildings, combined with fantasy flowers and trees, and a stick-figure here and there. A must visit!


Not Everything is Plain B&W is the latest art installation – covering a sim –  by Fuschia Nightfire, on the MetaLES sim. As the title may tell…it is mainly in all sorts of black and white and quite an experience to walk through!
You start by jumping in a black hole, which brings you in a serene underwater world. From there you take tunnels to the surface, which is filled with surprises! Zebra’s, flying creatures and a dancing ballerina (you can dance too!).

Under water world

Semi transparent Zebra's


The title of this post is not just some quote I found on the internet, but the title of the art installation by Shellina Winkler on the MetaLES sim!
I went to visit this tonight and can recommend it! It moves, vibrates and can  make you dizzy at some point, but once you are used to’s a cool experience. I did it in mouselook, as I found that easier to navigate, but then again: I am used to mouselook in fighting!

You go from Birth to Passion via hallways that spin around you, luckily there is a spot where you can use the meditation pose and relax a bit half way!
As with a lot of art that moves and changes textures, my photo’s don’t do it justice, so you really need to go see it for yourself..and …Enjoy Life, this is not a rehearsal!

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