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Cerridwen's Cauldron

Cerridwen’s Cauldron

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, created by Elicio Ember, is one of the most beautiful places on the grid. It formed the setting for a key episode of The Blackened Mirror, and we’ve also filmed a good part of an episode of Designing Worlds there.

Now Elicio has created a beautiful new website – and it’s part of a planned redesign that will see the entire ground level of the island changed – Elicio is urging people to go now and take pictures of the ground level as it is now (temples, caverns and all) for their archives.

Cerridwen's Cauldron in Episode 4 of The Blackened Mirror

Cerridwen’s Cauldron in Episode 4 of The Blackened Mirror

For me, one of the most stunning things about the Cauldron (in addition to the utterly gorgeous usage of colour) is the way Elicio creates a realistic fantasy. He is trained in both the visual arts and as an oceanographer – and he is at pains to create fantasy plants that are based on real life botanical specimens. As he says: “This gives the plants and trees (or other more alien looking plants) a ‘solidity’ that makes them more believable. Somewhat as if they could exist in a world or reality very close to our own. Same applies with architecture; I research ancient and modern cultures and architectural styles to achieve a look and feel. And well, being a hardcore gamer and geek also helps, of course.”

Cerridwen's Cauldron - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Do pay a visit before it closes – and also take a look at the lovely photos Honour Macmillan has taken over there for her blog.

Click to Mix and Solve

Fantastic mushrooms with a realistic botanical background

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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