Artwork historian turned blockchain artist Robert Alice has created “Portrait of a Thoughts” — a monumental sequence of 40 work stretching over 50 meters in size.
Drawing on the historical past of 20th century conceptualism in addition to the founding fable of Bitcoin’s creation, “Portrait of a Thoughts” is a whole hand-painted transcription of the 12.three million digits of the code that launched the cryptocurrency.
By scattering the codebase into 40 globally distributed fragments, the challenge will “draw up a worldwide community of 40 collectors the place nobody particular person will maintain all of the code,” Alice stated.
He defined: “In every work, an algorithm has discovered a set of hex digits that collectively are highlighted in gold. These learn a set of coordinates which can be distinctive to every portray. 40 places throughout 40 work – every location is of specific significance to the historical past of Bitcoin.”
Talking to Cointelegraph, Alice stated he stays curious as to why a lot of the commemoration of Bitcoin emphasizes the publication of the whitepaper over and above the codebase itself, which, for him, is “the true historic doc.”
Christie’s will promote one portray from the sequence, “Block 21 (42.36433° N, -71.26189° E),” as a part of its “Submit-Conflict and Modern Day Public sale” on Oct. 7, on the finish of a week-long exhibition of auctioned works in New York.
The piece features a distinctive fungible token as an integral a part of the work and shall be supplied at an estimated worth of $12–18,000.
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