Magnificent desolation

World of Beauty is the home region for Tableau Vivant, supplying skins, clothing, animations, mesh items and more, with goods spread across two stores, one at ground level, and the other some 2000m in the air.

The region is also the home of something of a “secret” and somewhat dark build by the Tableau Vivant team which though small, is nevertheless spectacular – particularly when viewed using deferred rendering.

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Tableau Vivant’s sky build at World of Beauty (click to enlarge)

Is this a world struck by a natural catastrophe, or the aftermath of a man-made apocalypse? That’s for you to decide. For me, and for reasons I can’t adequately explain, looking around the build kept bringing excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets to mind, starting with the opening of Burnt Norton.

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Tableau Vivant’s sky build at World of Beauty (click to enlarge)

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.

Tableau Vivant”s sky build at World of Beauty (click to enlarge)

It’s perhaps unfair on both Eliot and the build to take both somewhat out-of-context in this way, but I was unable to shake myself from much of Four Quartets in camming around the ruined streets and shattered buildings. Although given the generall tone of the piece, perhaps a part of the third stanza from Burnt Norton has something of an understandable resonance.

O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant,
The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters,
The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and the rulers,
Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of many committees,
Industrial lords and petty contractors, all go into the dark,

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Tableau Vivant”s sky build at World of Beauty (click to enlarge)

Nor should it be taken to mean that the build is in any way depressing. Yes it is dark; the feeling of emptiness is palpable and the desolation obvious. But then, as Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin reminded us as he stood on the surface of the Moon, there can be a certain magnificence within a scene of desolation.

Go see for yourselves!

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Tableau Vivant”s sky build at World of Beauty (click to enlarge)

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  1. Just visited. This build looks uncomfortable and unsettling; Indeed, whether it portrays a place struck by a natural disaster or by a man-made catastrophe (war, most notably) is open to interpretation. I couldn’t help noticing, however, that walking around in this build is a bit of a problem – I found myself falling from the sky quite often.

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