So the day is here when I must pronounce the best Valentine dimension. There were four entries for Class 2, 500 items and the quality of entrants was excellent, making the choice difficult. I thought I’d go through and give y’all my thought processes on selecting the winner. I kept two thoughts in mind as I went through the list; 1. the theme for the competition was “Valentine’s Day, a day for evoking feelings of romance, love, desire and devotion” and 2. this is not an object morphing contest.
First I considered the theme of the contest. Kitasia’s gazebo (~Sweettart~ by Kitt@Deepwood) and it’s accompanying bench are crafted with much attention to detail. Flowery gazebos always invoke romance and Kitasia’s is the best I’ve seen. While stunning, unless the bench and gazebo are having a torrid affair, this dimension does not best represent the contest theme.
The remaining three entrants chose to go with the Valentine date for their entries. With almost identical themes, the deciding factors will be the the technical details and design of the dimensions. The use of a dimension’s space, selection of items as well as how the builder chooses to convey their message, all contribute to the quality of the dimension.
When it came to use of space, Dragondancer (The Proposal by Victorienna@Icewatch) and Ahilin (Love Den by Daenaris@Icewatch) both used their dimensions very well. Dragondancer contained her space by enclosing a small area of Dolcega Valley and used natural features like the walls of the pool to enhance her building. Empyrean Mill was a good choice for Ahilin, 500 items fills that space nicely and, again, Ahilin used its natural features to good advantage. Kathy E. (Snuggle Hollows by Dralina@Three Springs) struggled with Faen’s Retreat. As a larger dimension, 500 items does not go far in building a theme and filling the available space. There were many, many clever ideas in Snuggle Hollows like the teddy bear and the inverted green potion bottles for wine glasses but distance diluted their effectiveness. Concentrating on a couple of areas rather than spreading out would have made more impact.
That left two dimensions, each representing a valentine proposal. I looked at the technical stuff – was everything in it’s place, any glaring errors in choice of materials or positioning? Nope, both entrants are competent and capable builders.
I sat in the dimensions, roamed around, soaked up the ambiance and let my imagination take hold. I could see the the man behind each proposal; one was young, early to mid 20’s, exuberant, still loving the nightlife. He and his bride would continue to hit the town, socialise and travel for years before family and children became their focus. The other was older, in his mid 30’s, confidant and sophisticated, never committed till he met the woman of his dreams. Now he is wooing her with all his might. That I could picture these men so clearly is a testament to the ability of both contestants to set a scene. That requires a fair mastery of scenography and attention to detail.
My emotions were no help, they liked both places for different reasons. Love Den was fun, alive, cheerful and a comfortable place to be. The Proposal was cool, sophisticated, with something to see in every direction. The two contestants continued to run neck and neck, until on my third trip I saw the deciding factor, a simple statue I call ‘The Hug’. A hug can convey so many emotions, love, devotion, passion, comfort and friendship. The Hug spoke directly to the theme of the contest.
After much deliberation, I’m pleased to announce Dragondancer as the winner of Dimensions Challenge 2013: Valentine’s Day. As her prize, Dragondancer will have a permanent page devoted to The Proposal placed under the Dimensions Challenge menu.
I’d like to thank all the contestants for entering. It has been a joy to visit and learn from their dimensions. I’m sure we’ll see more of their creations on this website soon.
Meet the entrants at Valentine’s Challenge: The Entrants