Dido's Temple of the Portals

Temple of the Power of Ten

1999 © Tobin James Mueller
for The Power of 10, a VisionForge Project

The Keeper of the Portal to the Fifth Dimension, Dido Ariana, was painted by Ian Brand.
The knot at the roof of the temple was constructed by Robert Sharein, Knotplots.
All other artifacts are by Tobin Mueller.

This is an untouched image completely rendered in Bryce 3D.
The circular portals are several layers of lenses (transparent ovals) and reflective images.
The statues holding the portals aloft were rendered originally in Poser 3;
in Bryce they have been "coated" with complex metallic transparent and reflective textures
The shapes of the wings on the the altar statue (also originally shaped in Poser 3)
were painted then scanned in then sculpted with the Bryce terrain editor;
a custom Bryce wood grain textures form the 3D shadows.
The textures used for the columns and metal artifacts (brass altar portals, all portal frames, silver helmet)
were all scanned picts of textures painted in Photoshop.

The Temple itself sits on a giant amorphic hand (Poser 3), symbolizing the Power of 10 concept that
there exist worlds within worlds. Dido is a 5space being, so there are many visual references to the number 5.

A farther view of the Temple can be seen in the untouched Bryce 3D rendering:
The Portal of the Power of 10
Singing Forth the Image (640x800 - 141k version)
Singing Forth the Image (460x600 - fits screen)
The Helmet of War Wakes (a Bryce Select winner)
Gathering Strength (800x640 - 248k version)
Gathering Strength (600 pixels - 114k version)
Dido's Oath (800 pixels - 288k version)
Dido's Oath (640 pixels - 134k version)
The Hand of Perspective (800 pixels - 268k version)
The Hand of Perspective (600 pixels - 116k version)
The Portal Lens (early draft)
Reflective Face of the Goddess
Song of Creation (690x609 - 188k version)
Song of Creation (600x530 - 75k version)
Naked Choices (800 pixels - 120k version)
Naked Choices (640 pixels - 80k version)
more to come...

The Power of 10 is an Online Collaborative Picture Book project
in its formative stages. As the initial illustrations are completed,
writers are sketching out the first chapters. See "Contents".

The Temple of the Power of Ten is a Winner
of the Top Ten 3D Dynamic Gallery Award for February 1999.

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