Written 24 January, 2011
Mr. Tiki Endures
The other iconic larger-than-life structure on Whimsy (Bob the granite drinking bird being the one who gets the most attention in this blog) is Mr. Tiki, a great tiki statue, also made of granite.
In early 2007, when Sweetie and I lived in Dreamland, Sweetie conceived Mr. Tiki and began building, but quit when she reached an impasse. I thought about Mr. Tiki for a day or two and added shear to his outer shell, giving him his signature rakish look. Sweetie added an earring, and voila, he had personality!
|An Early Version of Mr. Tiki|
|The train emerges from Mr. Tiki. The dive into Mr. Tiki's mouth isn't nearly as dramatic as it once was.|
When we moved to Whimsy nearly three years ago, of course we brought Mr. Tiki with us. And of course we once again routed the train through him.
We added a historic marker to explain the route.
Whimsy's Historic Markers Create a Fictitious History of the Sim, In This Case Noting
The Whimsy Transportation Authority's Outrageous Decision To Route the Rail Line
Down the Gullet of an Archeological Relic
A rope bridge connects him to the land...
... and the flat top of his head is a convenient resting place for footsore avatars.
Mr. Tiki isn't as big a drama queen as is Bob (for instance, we didn't have to contrive a kidnapping to keep him happy); he just quietly endures.