Ta Do List first…
Make notecards for the Ubertemple, which is basically complete otherwise. Number the floors by elevation, for example 500 510 520. And also lat. and long. but esp. long. 0-30 would put you always in the west wing (3 B_Hivias stacked on top of each other), 30-60 in the central “Temple of TILES” (three 30x30x30 cubes), and 60-90 will have you in the east wing (three B_Hivias, once more).
Latitude will always be 0-30 throughout the structure.
What I don’t think will change is the position of the art 10×10 collages. They will always occupy the entire space of the west wing. Let’s see how many floors that is (Baker Bloch is running the structure now). The ground of the sky forest and the lowest level of the Ubertemple is at elevation 502. There’s a floor about every 5 meters, and the entire structure is 90 meters. Counting the roof, that would make the building have a total of 20 floors. The structure is also 90 meters long (and 30 meters wide). The total interior volume is, then, 2300 (total cubic meters of each floor) x 9 (since the structure is 90 meters high), for a total of 21,300 cubic meters. It is literally a smallish skyscaper. For a comparison, the Empire State Building’s volume is a little over one million cubic meters, with a height of 448 meters. Total volume, then, is about 1/47th of the ESB.
Right now, probably about 1/3rd to 2/5ths of the building is empty of pictures. This will probably remain so, given that I’m right at my prim limit for the attached parcel.
Back to the pictures that are there. As I said, the West Wing is totally filled up with the present collages in the 10×10, or series 1-8 of the projected ten parts. In addition, there are a couple of pre-10×10 collages found on the lowest floor of this wing, for a total of about 85 collages. The oldest collages of the art 10×10 begin on the wing’s second floor (el. 506), and progress, in order, up to the 19th floor (el. 586). They are broken down into the following series:
Greenup series: 20 collages, floors 506, 512, 516, 521 (2-5)
Rose Hill series: 10 collages, floors 521, 526, 532 (5-7)
Yale-Newton series: 20 collages, floors 532, 537, 542, 546, 552 (7-11)
Oblong series: 20 collages, floors 552, 556, 561, 566, 572 (11-15)
Hidalgo series: 20 collages, floors 572, 576, 581, 586 (15-19)
One has to run in a spiraling triangular path from bottom to top to view all of these collages in order (there is a shortcut available underneath each ramp connecting two floors, but one would miss a number of collages using these).
The center of the Ubertemple, made up of the skeleton of 3 Temple of TILEs, is, in contrast to the wings (and, by association, B_Hivia), non-linear. As I’ve explained before in this blog concerning the older temple (of TILE), using only the central spiraling staircase, one has to make a journey from level 1 to level 3 before one can reach level 2. This “weakness” actually makes the combination of B_Hivias and Temple of TILEs a logical marriage, since the two complement each other in this way. If you become lost in the central square part of the temple, simply find an opening into either wing for a more simple, linear ascent or descent. But it is still a complicated space, admittedly.
As opposed to the stacked B_Hivias making up each wing, the central spiral staircase of the middle part of the temple takes one very rapidly, through its steep ascent, from the bottom to the top of the Ubertemple. This is a way to get to the roof quick, if you wish. Yet in doing so in this simple manner, one certainly misses the nuances of the Ubertemple’s central section.
A third and quickest way to access the various parts of the temple is through (hopefully) strategically placed teleporters within, currently numbering four. These are found at one corner of the Sky Forest, the center of the Ubertemple floor (otherwise inaccessible except through falling from higher stories… and also it’s tough to get out of once in), the Pocahontas Attic (opposite or counterpart space to the Ubertemple floor center), and then the Tyle Cube that lies at the very heart of the large structure (45, 15, 545).
Actually, as Baker Bloch just attempted to climb the central spiral from floor to roof, I was reminded that at elevation 572 the upward passage is cut off by the porch of one of the two Victorian houses within the temple. You are somewhat forced to “fall” or “progress” (forward) into the house itself in order to continue your journey.
I’ll save more detailed descriptions for the actual tour. Thanks, as usual, for listening.