Here's a follow-up article Damien Hirst's project, The Currency.
Damien Hirst's NFT project
The Currency has come to an end, an experiment that explored the dynamics of art in Web3. As a result, collectors were left with a decision of whether they wanted to burn the NFT for a physical work of art or have the physical art burned and maintain ownership of the digital asset.
The decision by collectors came down to nearly a 50% split, meaning Hirst will have to burn close to 5,000 physical works of art — this includes 1,000 pieces owned by the artist himself, in a decision to burn 100% of his own physical works and keep all as NFTs.
A total of 5,149 NFTs were exchanged for their physical counterparts, meaning that the NFT version of the works is now slightly more scarce.
Inspired by bank notes, each physical work is handmade and started with a specially made piece of paper that features a watermark of Hirt's head. The works also include unique handwritten titles like
I know you're going to sell me, and a hologram, signature, and micro dot for proof of authenticity.
The Currency was the artist's first-ever NFT project and launched in July during what was the peak of the NFT market. The works that made up the collection were created in 2016 and then minted to the blockchain in partnership with HENI and Palm.
The burning of NFTs in exchange for a physical good or alternate perk is not unheard-of in the space, however, the burning of a physical of significant value in order to keep the NFT is a concept pioneered by Hirst.
Designed to explore the boundaries of art and currency, the project first went on sale for a mint price of roughly $2,000 USD. At the time of writing the floor price for the NFT works now sits at 5.6 ETH (approximately $9,000 USD).
Since The Currency, Hirst has launched another collection inspired by the art he did for Drake's Certified Lover Boy album cover in November — the second collection was distributed as an airdrop to holders of The Currency NFT.
To read the complete article, see:
Damien Hirst To Burn Thousands of Physical Works for NFT Project
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
THE CURRENCY BY DAMIEN HIRST
SALES OF THE CURRENCY BY DAMIEN HIRST
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