December 14, 2018
Santa Maria dell’Isola di Tropea in Second Life®
It is with great pleasure that today I can announce the reopening to the public of “Santa Maria dell’Isola di Tropea,” at Timeless Memories in Second Life®.
I think many people will remember with nostalgia this enchanting sim, inspired by the beautiful homonymous Italian town. I loved visiting Santa Maria dell’Isola when Elvira Kytori, the designer of the same, had left it open to the public. Many photographers and simple visitors have immortalized the island from various angles, and on Flickr, there are many images of the island.
Subsequently, Elvira will rent the enchanting sim, and the tenant will decide to “close it to the public” (legitimate choice, in its own right). Many other people and I used to visit the island frequently, we suffered from not being able to contemplate the beautiful Italian landscape, so evocative and realistic. I loved Santa Maria dell’Isola from the first moment I visited it and spent the most peaceful moments on this beautiful sim.
For this reason and because I am an art-in-virtual-world lover (Santa Maria dell’Isola is an artistic creation of extraordinary importance in SL®), I decided to buy it and reopen it to the public.
I’m happy to have done it: the island has been open for a couple of days, and many people have visited it and visit it regularly. Just as many people thank me for having once again opened it to the public: I am receiving manifestations of gratitude which, honestly, I did not expect. I am touched, and I thank all of these attentions.
Santa Maria dell’Isola di Tropea is an excellent reproduction of the homonymous Italian island. Elvira, a Swedish artist, explained to me that she decided to create the sim after visiting the island in Real Life. In setting up the sim, she was also influenced by the style of Croatia, which she visited at the same time she saw Santa Maria dell’Isola in Italy.
I admire Elvira for some time, above all her excellent ability to create “dream” landscapes in SL®, extraordinarily detailed and full of charm. When you visit her scenes, stories come to mind, scents, feelings that are often believed (wrong) cannot be part of virtual reality.
After years of SL®, I can say I’m happy and have reached the “peak” of my aspirations.
I believe that Santa Maria dell’Isola is an artistic creation of considerable importance and that it must be protected. For this reason, I publicly commit myself to preserve it and leave it public.
I hope people will continue to visit and love it as it has always been.