Steampunk Tribune | October 16, 2011
Most of the Steamlands have held steady over the past few years, with only a handful of new entities coming online. There, however, is a slowly developing trend to integrate Steampunk aspects into new sims, without making the entire sim into the them. Some succeed, some struggle, but one which stands out is a beautiful new sim established by two exceptionally talented designers (Mr. M. Inkpen, and Ms. S. Azalee), named The Looking Glass.
The arrival point to The Looking Glass
At first, the port arrival isn’t necessarily telling about what is to come in the build, as it is actually non-descript, with a loading boxes, a (nice) group joiner, and further information regarding events in the sim.
A few free gifts for group members are available
However, heading up a bit further, one of the first things I noted was an outstanding quality and attention to detail that reminded of the works of Mr. Sextan Shepherd’s builds. The minute details of the cobble stones, the fountain, and the surrounding structures were exceptional.
Probably the best Art Nouveau cafe store front I have seen in SL
Their main store for purchases is located in this somewhat abandoned urban area, with small nods to a Steampunk aesthetic as one looks around. Not all of the items for sale are exclusive to the genre, but a good number are, such as their outstanding Victorian street lamp, and their exquisite Vintage Bus Stop.
On my way towards the current amphitheater, I noted the abandoned theater, and decided to take a peek….
… and again, their build and texturing quality is exceptional – likely some of the best in SL, imo.
The Art Nouveau design of the amphitheater caught my attention, so passing the tulips and “healthiness” of the build, I came across a very unique (but sadly not for sale) item…
… this stone head of a statue of a Victorian Gentleman, complete with monocle! As an additional bit, illuminate lightbulbs waft around his stone cranium.