NYC Auction House Features Bitcoin-Themed Art Containing Original Code

Sunday 27 September 2020, 3:45 AM AEST - 3 weeks ago


A massive piece of artwork containing a portion of bitcoins code is being auctioned at Christies New York.

According to the official website, Christies auction house in New York is hosting a massive piece of bitcoin-themed artwork. The project, dubbed Block 21, is one of forty pieces of art in a series depicting the entire 12.3 million digits of bitcoins original code.

Block 21 contains 322,048 digits of hexadecimal code, some inscribed in gold. The art collection, which currently spans the globe, is more than 50 meters long in total, with the entirety of bitcoins historic v0.1.0 code hand-inscribed on its surface.

Ben Gentilli, the artist behind the project, calls the collective series Portraits of a Mind. He described each piece as a digital fingerprint carved out of paint and attributed the artwork as a portrait of bitcoins anonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto.

Gentilli told Decrypt,

Bitcoins original codebase is like a historical document, and I wanted to celebrate it and preserve it in the same way as a document like the Magna Carta. But I also wanted to try and answer the question of how one might make a portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto, when there is no image of him.

He continued, calling Portraits of a Mind a decentralized piece of art reflecting the underlying nature of bitcoin.

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