Friday, 19 February 2016

Furillen in Second Life

Here's a place to visit if you like gloomy, apocalyptic atmosphere. 


Created by Serene Footman, Furillen is the SL version of an actual island in Sweden. Once the location of limestone industry, it was also used by the military, later to become a nature reserve (see more in the Wikipedia entry). The SL Furillen reflects the RL island's recent history...



...but with a nuclear twist to it. The cooling tower doesn't look in a good shape, evoking the vision of an island in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. A Nordic Chernobyl.


There are remnants of once vibrant tourist industry. But now there's no people around. Buildings have been abandoned, the island deserted. This stillness is eerie. 


Yet, there is life without humans.


The landscape may be dominated by barren land, steel and concrete structures, but there is something comforting about it all. Just the sight of a solitary tree rising out of the dead soil makes you change perspective.


To visit Furillen, follow this SLurl.