Art historian-turned-blockchain artist Robert Alice convinced the Bitcoin codebase is a culturally and politically significant elemennt of 21 century history.
Art historian turned blockchain artist Robert Alice has made “Portrait of a Mind” — a monumental series of 40 paintings spreading more than 50 meters in length.
Depicting the history of 20th century conceptualism and the founding myth of Bitcoin’s creation, “Portrait of a Mind” is a totally hand-painted transcription of the 12.3 million digits of the code that has brought the start of the cryptocurrency.
The codebase segmentation into 40 globally distributed fragments, has made the project to “draw up a global network of 40 collectors where no one individual will hold all the code,.
“In each work, an algorithm has found a set of hex digits that together are highlighted in gold. These read a set of coordinates that are unique to each painting. 40 locations across 40 paintings – each location is of particular significance to the history of Bitcoin.”
Alice also added said he is interested at why much of the glorification of Bitcoin emphasizes the publication of the whitepaper over and above the codebase itself.
Christie’s will sell one painting from the series, “Block 21 (42.36433° N, -71.26189° E),” as part of its “Post-War and Contemporary Day Auction” at the beginning of October
The element comprises a unique fungible token making an integral part of the work at the approximate price of $12–18,000.