Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Travel to Galapagos Without Jet Lag

Traveling to Galapagos is on my “someday” wishlist. I’ve heard the wildlife and environment there are spellbinding. The travel, however, is long, expensive, and requires special permits.

Annie Ok offers an alternative, however, through her environmental design where she has created a virtual Galapagos in Second Life. Annie’s creations may not be enough to appease those of us that want to visit Galapagos, but they are quite breathtaking in their own digital right. You can see a full set of images on Flickr or visit Galapagos in Haenim, Second Life. Otherwise, maybe I’ll see you in the real Galapagos someday.


Breandan Turas said...

Thanks Leigh for the post!

Just a note to clarify that the park was not meant to resemble the Galapagos Islands in RL. I originally created giant Galapagos tortoises that SL residents can ride and named the park after them. An interesting tid-bit: "galapagos" in Spanish I am told means "saddle-back". It seemed an appropriate name for a park that gave refuge to animated animals (that you could ride) in Second Life.

Annie's (Xantherus Halberd's) design and builds in the park as documented in the amazing Flickr photo set form a tremendous work of art in their own right. Beyond that they instill a sense of the beauty and wonder of the natural world that also form a core precept for the park.

Imagine all this done in a Mainland sim (not island)!

We welcome your visit (although there has been a few changes since Annie documented her original concept - anything that looks out of place likely due to my meddling ..)

Safe journeys!

Leigh said...

Thanks for the clarification, Breandon. These design efforts are incredible works of art.