Prim Love and other Delicious Things

I think it is time to get serious now: let’s talk about love. No, no, not that kind of stuff, people think of, when they look at a beautiful sky or a sunset or a puppy dog or a baby. Let’s not think in civilized terms, but gigantomanically—

Yo no quiero un amor civilizado
Con recibos y escena del sofá
Yo no quiero que viajes al pasado
Y vuelvas del mercado con ganas de llorar
Yo no quiero vecinas con pucheros
Yo no quiero sembrar ni compartir
No quiero catorce de Febrero
Ni cumpleaños feliz

Yo no quiero domingo por la tarde
Yo no quiero columpio en el jardí­n
Lo que yo quiero corazón cobarde
Es que mueras por mí­
Y morirme contigo si te matas
Y matarme contigo si te mueres
Porque el amor cuando no muere mata
Porque amores que matan nunca mueren
(Joaquín Sabina)
Let’s talk about REAL LOVE – about PRIM LOVE!

Prims – for those of you who only know mesh and maybe the not so glorious predecessors sculpties – are those plain looking cubes of even plainer plywood texture, that one can rezz and pull around, make them a little longer, stack them and, for the daring: even deform them. But really build with them?Let me assure you: you can! Well, if you can, you can… And if you cannot, you can learn. And it is even fun. Building inworld can be very joyous, because you might work with friends, who can advice you, criticize you, make you laugh, make you think, make you reconsider your building. Oh well, they can also get on your nerves, true. But at least you have the choice of telling them to get lost! Building in Blender*, alone with your PC and perhaps your dog or cat, all you can do is curse the computer, eat some more potatoe chips, kick you dog or scream into the empty room. Oops, now we are getting very close to the subject – the Taj Mahal  is an ivory-white marble post mortum love declaration. It is a mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. With othr words: a love-crazy emperor gone gaga…The Taj Mahal was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia. It is believed over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials. The translucent white marble was brought from Makrana, Rajasthan, the jasper from Punjab, jade and crystal from China. The turquoise was from Tibet and the Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, while the sapphire came from Sri Lanka and the carnelian from Arabia. In all, twenty-eight types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the white marble. It took about 22 years to complete it – and Shah Jahan and the whole region was pretty much ruined financially afterwards.Now admittedly, the building of the Taj Mahal in Virtual Worlds was not quite as expensive, the 1.000 elephants could stay at home and enjoy their long walks through the savannah, no workers were mal treated, abused or let alone killed. All of which actually speaks for Virtual Worlds and for prims! And at this point also for love. The love of prims!

From Ivory Tower to Ivory City – Love that won’t end

A very special kind of prim love you can find in the second example: Lumiere Noir’s love for twisting and bending prims so that in the end no one would believe they were born simple cubes, tubes, cylinders or tori!In Real Life an artist, photographer and finally a very dedicated teacher, he brought much of his knowledge and his passions into Virtual Worlds.

Of course he started building and figuring out the things one can do with prims from the very beginning. Lumiere the artist created things of astonishing beauty – he twisted prims as probably only he knew how to. And for Lumiere the teacher it was the most natural thing wanting to share his newly acquired knowledge with others. So he built his very well known Ivory Tower Library of Primitives in SL in which – without exaggeration – probably thousands of avatars learned how to build.

When – after some years he learned about OpenSim and the fascinating new possibilities of building here, he got loads of regions and started to experiment, what he could do here. And of course it was not too long that Lumiere started to build a replica of his Ivory Tower also in OpenSim (in Craft-World). But by now he wanted more – he got bored with his first tower, it was too much of what he had already made, he wanted something new – and something very much bigger. He talked about moving his project to Sanctuary, the small but well cared for Grid of Shaun Emerald.That is how this huge and wonderful project got started here. And he truly proved to be the grand master of prim twisting.

The beauty of the builds is awesome and of course – it would not be a true “Lumiere” without – it has autodidactive lessons inside, that start from rezzing  a first prim and leads you in the end right to his great and famous twisted stairs – with plenty examples of his prim twisting art.

So go, visit, look, fall in love, experiment, let your imagination run wild… With other words, do as Sabina sings: don’t settle for a civilized love, one with bills and sundays on the sofa! Go for the love that kills you! Because a love that does not die with passion kills. And because a love that kills never dies!

Tadj Mahal: search, “Liberty” on your Map
Ivory City:, search “Ivory City I” on your Map

Ah, and while you are there, don’t forget to check out the very beautiful sim Eld of Shaun Emerald. It has  the probably most complete collection of Hypergrid-Gates ever. In terms of the before said: you will love it!

Tosha Tyran
who loves you all (now see how you get along with THAT!)


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