Composition of Furillen – an exhibition of pictures by nekonuko Nakamori

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A new exhibition of pictures by nekonuko Nakamori opens at Furillen today. Neko has earned some renown for her superb series of “Wandering World” images, taken during Neko’s meanderings across the grid. All in square format, Neko’s pictures are unmistakable for their deft combination of formal elegance, unusual perspective and beautiful attention to tone and colour. I honestly do not think that I have seen a picture by Neko that I haven’t felt absorbed by.

Despite being one of the grid’s perennial wanderers, Neko has always referred to Furillen as something of a “home”. She has taken countless excellent pictures of the sim in the past, but I must say that I find this new collection of fifteen images taken by her of Furillen since it re-opened incredibly special. For anyone who feels a sense of attachment to this sim – and I surely do – these pictures really will speak to you.

As Neko explains in her note accompanying the show, her own personal affinity with the sim is emotional as well as aesthetic. I think we all missed her pictures when she was absent from the grid, and I am especially pleased for her that Furillen returned when it did to greet her …

With the emergence of realistic mesh objects, there are many SIMs that increase the density and increase the reality. But Furillen has a unique landscape by placing simple objects effectively and minimally. It leads to the minimalist sensibility of Japanese “Wabi-sabi” that I know well.
Minimalism loves the blank. Blank is free. There are no pressing emotions, and it gives us the possibility to express freely what we feel.That’s one reason why Furillen attracts many photographers and artists.

I remember when I first came to Furillen.
Some people called it an empty ruined place, but I loved this grey island at a glance.
And every time I turned the camera, I was impressed that it gave me a new discovery that I had never imagined.
The casual scenery is the best subject here.
This time, I wanted to keep the simple composition of Furillen in the work again, so I made it.

And another big surprise for me is that the people here are very friendly.
Because Furillen is closely related to Flickr, it is common to know who is making what here before saying “Hello”. It helped many of my poor English.
Many people I met at Furillen, I wouldn’t have been here without your support.
Thank you very much!

Furillen closed once a few years ago, during which time I was almost away from SL. The first thing I felt when I returned to SL this summer was that there was no Furillen, but surprisingly I met the island again a few months later. It was an event that made me feel destiny.

I know a lot of great photographers and artists who are more suitable to exhibit in this place than me. But now I hope please enjoy my mischief of fate.

So…do you know another name of Furillen?
It’s a “Love of Life”. meow! =(^.^)=

I thanks for being able to do the show in this loved place.
And i must say thanks a lot to Great Janitor Serene.
nekonuko Nakamori

bar cafe fabriken

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Having re-opened Furillen three weeks ago, I thought it would be good to bring back Bar Cafe Fabriken, which previous visitors to the sim might recall from spring 2016. The bar hosted a few events – some Blues nights, a beach party, and a tribute to Prince. I like the building a lot – it was put together by Micky Siamendes, who wrote a nice blog about it here. We made one or two changes this time around, and I think the ambience and decor – including this motley of chairs on the decking outside – suit Furillen quite well.

There are no grand plans for events, I am not the world’s greatest party organiser (or party goer, for that matter). But if any visitors want to take a turn as deejay, get in touch, you are more than welcome. Otherwise, we’ll host events as and when the mood takes us.

Furillen in motion

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Furillen has always been a sim with connections to Second Life photography – not only through its large Flickr group, but also through a number of exhibitions that the sim has hosted over the years. The first, Shoot the Shooters, was held in 2016 and consisted of a series of portraits by Moon Edenbaum of various Second Life photographers. Instead of simply hanging the portraits as one would in a real gallery, we projected them onto a wall, one by one, in front of a ‘live’ audience of visitors. It made for an interesting experience.

Following Moon’s show, the sim hosted a number of other exhibitions, including some featuring real life photography – such as BirdsVagabonds and Shadows and Reflections by Laura, and A Journey Around Gotland by Gabrielle Swindlehurst – as well as shows by Ini Inaka and Imani Nayar. In addition, there have been exhibitions of collections of pictures by visitors, such as Furillen in Snow.

When reviving Furillen a couple of weeks ago, I thought it might be interesting to bring some art back to the sim. And so it is that a new show opens today – a collection of fifteen pictures called Furillen in Motion, by PixelBeing. Known in-world as VictoriaVicks, PixelBeing has long been one of my favourite Second Life photographers; indeed she has taken pictures of many of the sims I have been involved with, always coming up with some striking and unusual ways of representing and exploring what has been built. She works almost exclusively in black and white, and her pictures are distinctive for the way they seem to show their subject in motion, as if caught within a mere slither of time – hence the title of this exhibition. I also like the way her pictures use highly unusual perspectives. I have often found myself having to guess exactly where on the sim a particular picture has been taken, as in this example from Rummu


PixelBeing has been taking pictures in Second Life for around two years. When I asked her for a few words about her favoured style of photography, she told me this …

It was, as it is now, a catching moment, a tune, a feeling and a mood of that exact instant that covers the edit as it is for every person who snaps anything in or outside secondlife or so I think. 

As for Furillen, it’s the only sim I can’t get enough of taking pictures of. It’s emptiness full of so many details always conquered my interest in it. I swear one day I will travel there to see it with my very own eyes live breathing in its air and will have a huge smile all the way around there.

There won’t be an opening party for this one, it’s simply there – right now – for visitors to walk around. Unlike other exhibitions at the sim, Furillen in Motion is located in the large concrete bunker (built by Megan Prumier) in the middle of the sim. We thought that these pictures – all taken during the two weeks since the sim re-opened – really suit that space.  I hope that you enjoy it.

One week at Furillen

three chairs final

Furillen re-opened a week ago and has been busy ever since. The sim isn’t just popular; it actually means quite a lot to many people who have spent many hours there in the past. I was unsure about re-opening it, because sometimes it’s best not to look back. But having watched the sim being re-populated again this week, it simply occurs to me that Furillen will just keep on being the backdrop to whatever its visitors want to make of it – that’s the way it’s always been. There have been new visitors, too, and it has been interesting to see their reactions to this strangely magnetic place. Thanks to those of you who signed the guestbook, and to busy bloggers who have written reviews.

Furillen was always a photographers’ sim, and here are some highlights from the week on Flickr …

The hermit

"I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic." - George Carlin



The world is so much better....


Mr Bojangles

Yoga Rabbit @ Furillen


Furillen 08

Derrière les fenêtres


Without you i'm nothing....@ Furrillen


The Wichita Lineman is Needed!

searching for the light

Everyone's time is limited ...



am coming...and after me the Hell

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[ On ira tous les deux jusqu'au bout ]

Feeling Saachi


.:: Made in Heaven ::.

~Back at Furillen~

Warm Snow

Villains of Circumstance

I'd tear my very soul to make you mine.

In solitude the mind gains strength ...


Preserve your memories

.:: Trois Gymnopedies ::.

'Love of Life'

There is a World Outside

Furillen 2019 V

[ janitors day off ]

dans les étoiles - dreaming


a snowy line...

You cannot find peace by avoiding life

The Camper

Lonely buildings 2

Furillen 2019 VI

Stored for winter

The Beauty In the Chair- Thanks ϻïă

[ iron skies ]



back Home



. endless .

Graphic Line at Furillen...


Cafe View

Best Friends

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frozen summertime memories...

White Out at Furillen

Furillen Crow -  Perspective II

And there's love

Furillen (Gotland, Suécia)

Bringing colour to the beige

The other side.

Feed The Birds

2019 10 23   ::  why do birds suddenly appear?  ::


Feeling sad

Furillen - Heavy Weather

Together and apart

bad luck

“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen.”

Mars talks about √enus... @Furillen

... best seat in the house...

'The Enigmatic Furillen'

Radiohead @ Furillen


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Hey You!

Way of the cross

in the emptiness of the chair there is life.

Once again, Furillen seems to bring out the best in SL photography. Thanks for everyone who has been posting. Keep them coming …

As for the sim’s future, I am keeping an open mind. And I have some Furillen things planned, so closure won’t be on the cards for a while yet.

Love of Life

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There is a retrospective exhibition of my pictures starting at the DixMix gallery tomorrow, the landmark is here. After spending years politely refusing to exhibit my pictures, and with Furillen re-opening yesterday, some of you might be asking what’s going on.

I am not usually given to public statements about my private affairs, but in this instance I feel it is appropriate to ‘clear the air’ and avoid misunderstanding. For over a year now, I have been living with cancer. I spent most of last winter receiving chemotherapy, and it was brutal. The treatment worked, but nothing is forever and my ‘struggle’ will be ongoing. During illness one inevitably spends time looking back and reflecting, and although DixMix had (and still has) no idea about my circumstances – hardly anyone within SL does know – a ‘retrospective’ exhibition seemed like something I could and should be doing right now. Likewise, it felt right to re-open the sim I always felt would be my ‘legacy’ in SL, and which I am incredibly fond of.

I am passing this news on not to elicit sympathy, nor – God forbid – to suggest that I’m going to expire any time soon. But my motives have occasionally been misconstrued in the past – sometimes quite hurtfully – and I want to avoid any misunderstanding now. I am all too aware that cancer touches many, possibly all, of us at some time in our lives. I am also aware that many of you who are reading this may have gone through, or are going through, a similar experience to mine, either directly or indirectly with friends or family. To all of you – solidarity.

Furillen started out on a region called ‘Love of Life’ and that always felt to me to represent what the sim was about – for all of its melancholic atmosphere, it was intended to be a place where visitors could reflect, take time out, and find their own peace. One of my favourite pictures carries a title which I believe expresses this sentiment well. The words – ‘nothing can surpass the mystery of stillness’ – are from EE Cummings:



Furillen revived

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While I take a break from making new sims, I have revived the sim where it all began – Furillen. The landmark is here.

Furillen first opened at the beginning of October in 2015: it was announced by posting this picture in Flickr. The building process continued to be ongoing through that winter as refinements were added – including a pier and utility shed made by KT Syakumi and two buildings – a huge concrete bunker and a smaller building that serves as a cafe – by Megan Prumier. These were all based on photographs of the original location – Furillen is the site of an abandoned limestone quarry on the Gotland peninsula in Sweden – and were intended to help realise my original aim, which was to replicate the real place.

The sim subsequently went through a number of iterations – it was turned into a virtual celebration of Radiohead and Pink Floyd, as well as a series of Star Wars locations – that were punctuated by partial rebuilds and redesigns of the “original” Furillen itself. The sim eventually closed – albeit with a promise that I would revive it some day – in October 2017.

This latest revival of the sim consists of a hybrid of the different versions, focusing on my own personal favourite bits. Most notably I have used the first hotel building – taken from Soy and “decorated” in a style quite unlike any hotel I have ever stayed in – as well as the original, highly distinctive, line of trees. The old gallery building is back, along with the Gotland ferry. There is also a new communications bunker – acknowledging Furillen’s association with military radar surveillance.

And it’s snowing, which always seemed to the “right” Furillen weather.

For photographers, there is an already large Furillen Flickr group, and I would be pleased to see visitors adding their names to the guestbook. And given that I am funding this on my own, donations would definitely be welcome! I cannot say how long the sim will stay open, but it definitely won’t be for long.

For those who remember the sim from before, I wish you a nostalgic return. For anyone who has never seen it, I hope you like what you find.



Goodbye North Brother

North Brother Island was open for much of the summer and it now seems like the right time to be closing. We enjoyed building this sim and – as ever – would like to thank everyone who visited, took pictures, left comments, and wrote generous reviews. The sim will close from Wednesday 4 September.

Usually at this time there is speculation about “what next?”. I’m sorry to say that the answer for the time being is “nothing”. We are taking a break from sim building in order to focus on other things. It’s possible that we will be back later on, but for now, our run of “replica” sims that reconstruct real places – Furillen, Khodovarikha, La Digue du Braek, Isle of May, Black Bayou Lake, Rummu, Chesapeake Bay, Ukivok, and North Brother Island – will come to an end. We enjoyed it!

Farewell …

North Brother Island


North Brother Island is situated in New York City‘s East River between the mainland Bronx and Rikers Island. Now uninhabited and abandoned, the island is the inspiration for our new sim, which opens today. The landmark is here.

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The island took its name from Adriaen Block, a Dutchman who explored the Atlantic Coast between 1611 and 1614. He named the two islands – north and south – “de Gesellen,” which translates as “the wayfarers” or the “journeymen” or “brethren” – hence “brothers.”


North Brother Island has a fascinating and complex history. It was home to a tuberculosis hospital – Riverside Hospital, which moved here from Roosevelt Island in 1885 – that closed in the late 1930s.




The hospital has seen more than its fair share of tragic stories. Its most famous inmate was surely Mary Mallon, or “Typhoid Mary” (1869-1938).


Mallon, an Irish-American cook, was the first person in the United States to be identified as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. Mallon refused to accept that she was infectious, and was twice forcibly isolated by public health authorities. She spent the last 23 years of her life – from 1915 until 1938 – in isolation at Riverside Hospital.

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Mallon’s case seems especially tragic today. She was undoubtedly a victim of prejudice – she was both Irish and a woman; she was unmarried; she was a domestic servant – and was punished severely and repeatedly for something over which she had no understanding and no control. Little wonder that, more than eighty years after she died, her story seems as compelling as ever …



Following World War II North Brother Island was inhabited by war veterans during the nationwide housing shortage, before being abandoned again in the early 1950s. It was then was used as the site of a treatment centre for adolescent drug addicts, but the centre closed amidst controversy – it was said that heroin addicts were held against their will and locked in rooms until ‘clean’ – in the 1960s.

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The island was then abandoned completely, becoming – alongside the smaller South Brother Island – a sanctuary for herons and a variety other wading birds such as cormorants and egrets.


Various New York City mayors have wondered what to do with North Brother Island: John Lindsay considered selling it, Ed Koch wanted to convert the island into housing for the homeless, while others explored using it as an extension of the jail at Rikers Island.


At present, North Brother Island is managed by NYC Parks and off-limits to the public – visits are allowed only for “compelling academic and scientific purposes”. One proposal currently being considered is to re-open the island for limited “light-touch, environmentally sensitive” public access, although the dilapidated and downright dangerous state of many of the buildings and structures there would surely necessitate a good deal of costly rebuilding – or demolition.


The island is surely a tricky place to get around. Many of the buildings – including the massive gantry crane situated on the main dock – are in a state of near-collapse.



The roads and paths have been swallowed up by vegetation. Visitors must be on constant lookout for falling debris, while beneath their feet, gaping manholes and broken branches are covered by untamed weeds. Poison ivy is omnipresent.



For our reconstruction of North Brother Island, we have relied on maps which contain details of where specific buildings – the hospital itself, staff quarters, the physician’s house, the morgue, tennis courts, and so on – were located. (For reference, we have labelled and dated the island’s buildings inworld.) These maps help to convey what a busy and vibrant place this must have been.


In addition, our interpretation of North Brother Island as it is today has been helped by looking at arial pictures such as this one …


Most importantly, we have drawn on the photographs taken by Christopher Payne and published in his book, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City.

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Payne was one of a handful of photographers permitted to visit the island, and he spent around five years gathering his pictures. Here are some examples from this stunning series …

North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City

North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City


North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City


North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City

North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City




There are also some excellent videos …

As we researched North Brother Island we were struck both by the history of the place itself, and its remarkable location. The subtitle of Payne’s book – “the last unknown place in New York City” – sums this up perfectly. North Brother Island is close to the heart of this great city, and yet for most New Yorkers it is surely ignored – undiscovered and unknown. Tragedies unfolded here that are long forgotten, just as the buildings in which they took place have been eroded by time. We hope that you enjoy our interpretation of the island – and as ever, invite you to post your pictures in the Flickr group.




Goodbye Ukivok!

Ukivok opened at the end of March, and now it’s time to move on. So the sim will close for good next week, on Wednesday 26 June.

This was rather a special sim for us: Ukivok has a wonderfully rich and intriguing, albeit poignant, history, and its stunning location – as well as those stilt houses – were quite a challenge to recreate in Second Life. If the reviews by  Inara PeyMaddy Gynoid, Diomita and Jenny Maurer, Yana and Susann Decuir are anything to go by – alongside comments in the guestbook – the sim was widely appreciated, so our thanks to all who came by and especially to those who were kind enough to let us know they liked it.

The sim’s Flickr group was busy – especially in the first few weeks – and now contains more than 850 pictures. Here are some of the highlights …

a monolith of doom

brume matinale

Only love could bring us...


Taking a picture and keeping it.

SL Dulcis_013 Ukivok April 2019 Image by © rig torok

Day Trip to Ukivok - The Sea


. sounds matter .

supreme shade

Ukivok (7)





this place was a shelter

Summertime Sadness



[nobody belongs to us, except in memory … ♪♫]

"Everything that happens is from now on." - Bon Iver

Heart and Stone

"Listen folks! We have thirty minutes here and then we'll move on to the next spot..."


The watchtower #Ukivok


No water, no life

L'homme en blanc

Blessed is the one who waits in the traveller's heart for his turning

Mood for a day

I've been waiting...


The Silence of the Sea . El silencio del mar

Psycho's ..i.. Worth

the sea...


Ukivok III

Be !

Big thanks, as ever, to everyone who visited Ukivok and took pictures. As we’ve said many times, Flickr is where we learn most about how our sims are seen by others. And it is in the pictures you create that our memories of these places live on.

One week in Ukivok

Ukivok opened a week ago, and the response has been very positive. The sim has been busy, often full at peak times, and we were pleased to see very generous reviews from Inara Pey, Maddy Gynoid and Diomita and Jenny Maurer. Thanks, also, to everyone who has signed the guestbook so far – your comments are better than tips! We’re yet to hear from anyone who has actually visited King Island, we’d be somewhat amazed if anyone came along who has. Still, you never know in Second Life …

As always, we’ve been watching the work of visiting photographers with great interest. We expected the sim to be quite difficult to photograph, but over 350 pictures have already been posted to the Flickr group. There have been some outstanding shots of the village from a distance …


Way Down We Go

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Ukivok - March 2019

Storm is coming...

Ukivok - experimenting foto

And Another Day Ends




… as well as some great pictures that highlight the precariousness of the buildings …




At Ukivok

Morning is made

Vanitas vanitatum...

Ukivok 04

Ukivok - March 2019

stilts & stairs

Don't Pick Up the Sticks


The Place to Be


There have been some terrific landscape pictures …

Calm waters

Wild Mεεting in Alaska @Ukivok

Ukivok I

Jenny returns home to Ukivok after shrimp fishing

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This view is a painting



LEA Photohunt - Ukivok

At Ukivok

In the Light

Parakeet auklet at Ukivok waiting for the Daily Show

he slips away at sunset...

People Help The People

… and some fabulous details …

wolf pack

. una danza llena de gardenias plenas reflorecerá .

tenebris et pulchra


Don't need more.

. oh! you rebel life, go get lost in the wind .

call it a V.esper

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Soundless music

A piece of Chesapeake has found a home at Ukivok


Ukivok II

Wind Chimes @ Ukivok

Ukivok ...

. there is always silence before the storm .

Finally, there are those pictures that just seem to evoke an undefinable sense of place and atmosphere – of ‘being there’ …




world is not a plastic.. there is more...


Break of Dawn

second life - unedit (Ukivok -, Dulcis)

Colors of The Spirit

at the edge

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Sipping on straight chlorine


Relax - take it easy....

Morning at Ukivok

obscure ......

Remnants of Departed Days

As always, our thanks to everyone who has visited the sim, left a comment, taken a picture, or just enjoyed being there. We have no plans to close it just yet … but you know how it is with our places – Ukivok won’t stay open forever, so enjoy it while you can.