An SL Visit to the Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel in Second Life 02, originally uploaded by Gary Hayes.

I had a day to relax and travel the grid to look at a few things. Luckily this day saw the opening of the Sistine chapel on the grid. I took a range of pictures that are getting lots of hits on flickr. I spoke to the builder Stan Frangible who told me that the whole thing was done in a couple of weeks and that all the images are trawled from the web. The hardest thing he said was actually the floor tiles as hardly anyone photographed that and put them on the web. The curved alcoves (lunettes) at the top were also very hard to recreate, he said. Bret Rydell the owner of the island, said they were in respect of the space start to operate a terms and conditions entry system so the sanctity of the area is not ruined by griefer types. Here is a description from Wikipedia of this spiritual and decorative space.

“The Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in the Vatican City. Its fame rests on its architecture, which evokes Solomon’s Temple of the Old Testament, its decoration, frescoed throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo whose ceiling is legendary, and its purpose, as a site of papal religious and functionary activity, notably the conclave, at which a new Pope is selected.”

Sistine Chapel in Second Life 06

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