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Gallery: Austerlitz Colonial Settlement of Samual A Curtis

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Gallery: 704 Columbia Street Hudson NY


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Gallery: German Automat 1920’s Berlin SL

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Gallery: Idyllic Upstate Pastoral Pleasure

Austerlitz has all the charm of the 19th Century farmhouse in the fertile valley of the Green River; (more…)

Gallery: The Automat, Virtually

The Automat. A Painting by Edward Hopper, and now a Virtual Installation for the public in Second Life™ by RJ Kikuchiyo, an award-winning VR designer.  Here, RJ demos the beverages and food vending machines for an upcoming event.

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The technology of the time allowed visitors to get a meal without interaction with the food preparation, very much predicting the science of food vending in the modern age.  A coffee was a nickel.  A sandwich, two nickels.  In the age of Hopper, this was a refuge from the urban outdoors, a place of comfort, even if only for a short time.

Interestingly, this was a time when modern design was coming into view, forward-looking and fantastic. Perhaps this painting by Edward Hopper was a reaction to that cold steel and glass society.  I embrace the humanity represented in the view, a single female patron, her emotion and her poise in the face of the new technology within which she finds herself surrounded.

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Linden Endowment for the Arts, or LEA™

“Linden Endowment for the Arts has granted RJ Kikuchiyo a 3-month residency in LEA2, where an “Open Studio” retrospective of work from 2006-2016 will be open to the public.
Also on site is the Bauhaus Museum and collected works by Steadman Kondor, of 1920s Berlin”
Visit the virtual reality location here
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/119/123/26

Linden Labs™, the makers of Second Life™, have recently awarded RJ Kikuchiyo a sim for 3 months as part of the Linden Endowment for the Arts program. I’ll be using this space as an ‘open studio’ kind of environment, accessing my inventory to exhibit virtual model environments from previous projects.  I’m still sorting out what to do with the ground level, arranging a virtual city of lighthouses as a starting point. More to come and updates soon!

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YouTube Channel Updates

Just messing with an abstract idea, posted this pic to the top of the Kiku/Seabreeze YouTube Channel.

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Gallery: Ernestina-Morrisey Project in SL Winter 2015-2016

 

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These lovely shots show a Mesh model version of the Virtual Schooner Ernestina out of Massachusetts paying a visit to Slapdoogle Park in SL.  You can visit her now during the 2015 winter layup here in Second Life. (more…)

Gallery: Graf Zeppelin visits Knaptrackicon Sim in SL (Flight Test)

A flying version is in the works, currently being tested.  In this flight, Graf Zeppelin 3D Model descends over the rooftops of a tiny Mediterranean seacoast village.

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Gallery: Ice Boats

Based on a Caravel design, the lateen-rigged double-masted cargo trader would ply the rich seas of the ancient world.  Often these boats were built on age-old designs, with a rugged sail plan that just plain worked with a minimum of cloth material for sails.  The fore-and-aft rig allows for good upwind performance and tacking is made simple by way of the topmast rigged spar, later to become known as the boom on western designs; a requirement for sailing the Nile River, or the Coast of East Africa in the forgotten past as well as today. This vessel may be as small as 22 feet (7 meters), but could get as large as 125 feet (40 meters)!

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