Update, October 10th: Cammino e Vivo Capovolto and Ocho Tango have relocated to Retrospect.
As is evident in these pages, I am something of a fan of Mistero Hifeng’s mesh sculptures in Second Life, having written about his work in both in January of this year and in October 2014. So when he contacted me to inform me he has now moved his gallery and shop to a new location, and invited me to pay a visited, I was only too happy to do so.
Now located on one half of Blossom Land, a Homestead region shared with the Ocho Tango dance venue, of which more anon, Mistero’s new gallery retains the minimalist feel and rich atmosphere of his last location, whilst also offering visitors something new to experience.
Gone is the coastal feel, with a partially flooded beach across which Mistero’s works are seemingly scattered at random. Instead, the land is almost entirely flooded, the only relief coming from a number of scattered trees a single stone bridge arching over water, and – of course – Mistero’s art.
The latter have all been carefully placed across this watery landscape in such a way as to stand either as individual pieces, rising from the water or occasional sitting on a little sand bank of their own. Great use is made of the available space, the water surrounding most of the pieces on display tending to direct one’s focus solely on each sculpture, while the trees provide an interesting framing for some of the pieces, and the bridge has allowed Mistero to make a little vignette of his work, focused on what (I believe, at least), is a new piece, E’ Rubero per te la luna (And for you, the Moon, Rubero – seen immediately above), which is a very striking piece.
Another piece I don’t recall having seen before is Un vita quasi umana (A life almost human), which can be found towards both the centre of the gallery space and towards the west side. More familiar pieces such as Volare (Fly) are also present, and always pleasing to see, together with Per Te, which I’ve always found evocatively powerful and edged in love / tragedy.
To the north of Mistero’s new space, and linked to it by both a series of paving stones forming a narrow path and the span of another stone bridge, lies Ocoho Tango, sitting atop a broad, flat plateau. This is a place which may well need no introduction to some; but one which I’d wrongly assumed to have vanished from Sl a while ago – so finding it alongside Mistero’s gallery came as a pleasant surprise. It also marks Blossom Land as a place to which I’m liable to be making frequent return visits, both for Mistero’s art and for the opportunity to dance!
Mistero’s work is, to me at least, deeply evocative, and his original gallery space displayed it well enough. With this new space at Blossom Land, however, he has gone even further, presenting a richly layered environment and atmosphere which allows each piece to come to life before you. As such, if you’ve never seen his works gathered in one place, I do recommend you pay a visit.
While there, don’t forget you can still TP to her store and purchase most of his pieces there, all of which can be resized. The teleport can be found alongside the landing point, and also offer a quick way up to Ocho Tango.
- Cammino e Vivo Capovolto – new location (Rated: Moderate)