I don’t tend to cover SL destinations which are BDSM focused. Not because of any prudeness on my part, but because I’m aware that things like BDSM and D/s are not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s also fair to say that – and without wishing to appear unkind – I’ve tended to find that a lot of BDSM themed regions in SL aren’t really that captivating to the eye (no pun intended) or genuinely attractive.
However, there are always exceptions to any kind of generalisation like the one above. Such is the case with The Cyprian Garden, developed by the Obscura Land Group under the leadership of Dorian Meredith. If I had to use a single word to describe it, I think that word would be “stunning”.
The garden, which I think I’m right in saying has only recently opened, is a genuine tour de force in design and layout. Everything has been artfully considered, the landscape carefully crafted and the flora, etc., chosen with an eye towards presenting an environment which is both open and welcoming to visitor, inviting them to linger and explore, while also providing seclusion and privacy for those wanting to enjoy one another’s company, be it in friendly conversation or something more intimate. Paths wend their way around the shoreline and through trees, over hills and through valleys. Tall trees provide shade, flowers bloom everywhere, and water drops from tall falls, meanders through streams and pools in ponds and lakes. Even the surrounding mountains both add to the beauty of the region and to the sense of seclusion and intimacy it generates, while the soundscape of birdsong in the trees further enriches the immervise feel of the garden.
There are places here for people to meet socially, with armchairs and stools laid out in the shade of trees or under vine-hung trellises; there are also places for couples to sit together and watch the world go by. Given that the garden is BDSMfocused, there are some accoutrements on display: a large, cushion-floored cage hanging from a tree here, another ornate cage there, and so on. But for the most part, those areas devoted to more intimate play tend to be secluded (one being underground). Please do note that I say “for the most part”; this is an adult-themed region after all, and that does need to be kept in mind when exploring.
For those who do enjoy the added spice of consensual adult activities, the play areas are such that the overall design and layout of the gardens means that people aren’t necessarily going to be tripping over one another. There are also skyboxes overhead; whether these are residential or for more private assignations (or both) I’m not sure. There is a rental station hovering over the region, so I assume at least the former, but to be honest I didn’t spend time looking at what was overhead; I was simply enjoying the beauty of the gardens.
Seasoned SL travellers will recognise much of the flora and builds used in the garden, which includes many of Alex Bader’s ever-popular pieces, as well as items by Kriss Lehmann, Mandingo Quan, Aki Shichiroji, Wendy Xeno, Lilith Heart and others – all of which blend perfectly together and give considerable depth and feel to the region.
For the SL photographer there is a lot on offer here, allowing for people’s activities in the gardens and respecting others’ privacy. So much so that a photo contest is currently under way, although the closing time and date of 12:00am on the 27th September is looming fast!
Those wishing to enter are invited to submit up to two colour images of 1024×768 resolution, taken within the Cyprian Garden (the actual theme of the image(s) are left to the entrant’s discretion). Some post-processing is allowed, but submitted pieces must not include text. On offer is L$5,000 in prizes, with L$3,000 going to the first place winner, as decided by the contest voting system. Anyone interested in participating can find further details on the competition, including an entry form, at the information boards within the garden itself.
If you do set out to explore the garden, do be aware that the region is shared with The Domaine Imperium. For the most part, the two blend together seamlessly, and the east side of the region, under the auspices of the Domaine, is as open to the public as the rest of the garden, with one exception. That is the private residence located on a small island down toward the south-east corner of the island. This can only be reached via a gated wooden bridge – and the gate should serve as warning enough. However, a security system is also in operation to deter trespassers as well.
For my part, I enjoyed my visit and explorations, wandering along the paths and tracks, snapping as I went. The region is fairly quiet right now. While there were a fair few comings and goings in and out of the region, these appeared to be taking place up among the skyboxes and were none of my business and certainly didn’t interrupt my wanderings.
If you’re happy exploring adult environments and love natural spaces and gardens in SL, or a looking for a more refined venue for consensual adult activities, then you may well want to add The Cyprian Gardens to your list of places to visit.
- The Cyprian Garden SLurl (Rated: Adult)
With belated thanks to Laurie Gothly.