Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The diligent Mr. Haskell has filmed yet another endeavor, this time focusing on the New Babbage Palisades Aethernautical Society Aetherport, and the surrounding environs in the northernmost New Babbage sim. Again, kudos for your efforts, sir!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Mr. Eddie Haskell, a prolific and astute photographer in SL, took a moment to produce a extensive view of Port Babbage (I think there are a few other locales buttressing against the background, but the bulk is in the Port). The video was produced for those who are a bit new to Steampunk, or in his own words…
Port Babbage is an area of New Babbage, a Steampunk community in the Virtual World of Second Life (www.secondlife.com). The setting reminds the photographer of this film, Second Life’s Eddi Haskell, of how a British City would have looked in 1887, at the time of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, if Charles Babbage’s computer were actually built in 1831. Advances such as electrical power and manned flying machines would have certainly arrived earlier. But coal-based pollution would have tinged the sky a foggy green, ,and required light during daytime hours, just as it did in industrial cities in 1871.
Kudos, sir, on a job well done!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Maison Horta, in the NE corner of the New Babbage Palisade
While taking a constitutional this morning, I happened upon a unique build in the NE corner of the city. Perhaps not necessarily notable from a dramatic perspective, upon closer inspection, one can see the uniqueness of this build. The Maison Horta (Horta House), built by Miss Beq Janus, is based upon the original designs of Mr. Victor Horta, one of premiere Art Nouveau designers of the late 1900s (e.g. the Steampunk era).
RL: View in the “Casa VanEetvelde” in Bruxelles
RL: Stairwell example in the Musee Horta
A student of architecture from a young age, he later developed a passion for Art Nouveau while in the employ of Alphonse Balat, who at the time was the architect to Emperor Leopold II of Belgium. While there, he assisted in the construction of the Royal Houses of Greenlaeken, a notable build with an emphasis on the use of glass and iron in its design.
RL: Second stairwell example
RL: Third stairwell (yes, a lot of stairwells, but it I’d say it does exemplify the use of designed iron and brass in a utilitarian method).
In 1892, he attended an Art Nouveau exposition, and was taken by the use of curvature in design of iron support , an ideal he called Biomorphic Whiplash. He continued to build notable designs throughout the 1890s and 1900s in Belgium, most notably the Maison du Peuple in Brussels, the Grand Bazar Anspach department store, and the Hotel Solvay.
RL: Doorway entrance, with Nouveau glass detail
Unfortunately, in the name of progress, many of his beautiful after Art Nouveau lost its pre-eminence, and only a select few survive into the 21st century. However, a few did manage to survive, and are considered UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Magasins Waucquez (formerly a department store) and four remaining hotels.
SL: View of the main sitting room in the Maison Horta
With this in mind, Miss Janus Beq took it upon herself to build a representation of Mr. Hortas RL buildings in the Palisaides, just across from the Lovelace Memorial Park. The Maison Horta is a well done representation of his work in SL, with attention paid to small details and representations of his work.
SL: Secondary view, including a fourth stairwell (lol)!
From the staircases, the exterior design, interior decorations (in RL, Mr. Horta was an interior designer prior to becoming an architect, so Im certain that portion was quite a challenge for Miss Beq), to the art work (a nice photo of one of Muchas pieces hangs in her main sitting room), the comparisons are smartly done.
SL: Sitting parlour at the Maison Horta
I have to admit an admiration for her efforts, as I had in the past for Miss Echegarays work on the Charles Renee Mackintosh house. Making an industrial build, while common in the Steampunk genre, is a bit easier than trying to recreate a RL build (as I am currently learning myself ), but recreating a RL era build take a good bit of work, which often times goes unrecognized. My kudos to Miss Janus for her work on infusing a bit the Art Nouveau beauty into New Babbage.
SL: Hallway leading to the Palisade wall (north)
Wikipedia for Victor Horta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Horta
Great Buildings Horta Reference: http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Victor_Horta.html
The Horta Museum: http://www.hortamuseum.be/
Sences Art Nouveau, Victor Horta: http://www.senses-artnouveau.com/biography.php?artist=HOR
UNESCO World Heritage – Victor Horta: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1005
To visit the Maison Horta in-world, please turn to: