A French street artist, well-known for his murals containing hidden crypto prizes, has enjoyed his largest donation to date. Pascal Boyart not too long ago reviewed the Bitcoin address associated with the QR code provided to accept donations for one of his works to realize that some unidentified fan had donated a full Bitcoin, worth more than $4,000 at the time of writing.
Ecstatic, the artist took to Reddit to talk about his gratitude for the anonymous tipper and the wider crypto community. Boyart states that this is the largest single donation he has ever collected.
Prominent Crypto Artist Receives Bumper Bitcoin Donation
Right now there is an increasing movement of artists choosing to celebrate cryptocurrency in their work through one means or another. Among one of these is Pascal Boyart, a crypto-enthusiast and street artist from France.
Boyart is recognized for his politicised murals painted on buildings. In his pieces, he disguises Bitcoin prizes for admirers of his work to find. Seed words portraying the private key to the wallet holding the prize are incorporated into the paintings and, once placed in the correct order, make it possible for one lucky art aficionado pockets the prize.
The prize stashed in one of the artist's newest works was 0.26 BTC, worth approximately $1,040 today. The piece selected to hide it is called, “Liberté Guidant le Peuple” or “Freedom Guiding the People”. It pays homage to the Yellow Vest protest movement who are opposed to various policies of France's President Macron. Some wings of the Yellow Vests seem supportive towards Bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency movement given the overall animosity of the two groups towards central banks.
The seed words hidden are specifically relevant to the cause, as are the sequence they needed placing in prior to the prize being unlocked:
“Banker. Usury. Lie. People. Fight. Hope. Union. Citizen. Lead. Triumph. Yellow. Horizon.”
Together with the seed words, Boyart at the same time includes a QR code with the public key to a separate wallet. This is for supporters of his work to give him donations using crypto.
#StreetArt treasure hunt in Paris with a #Bitcoin puzzle
For the 10th birthday of the genesis block, I painted this frescoe in Paris with a 0,26btc ($1000) puzzle in it.
Here's the public key: 1NqPwPp7hEXZ3Atj77Ue11xAEMmXqAXwrQ Thanks to @alistairmilne for sponsoring this pic.twitter.com/F7aIkxmp6t
— Pascal Boyart (@pascalboyart) January 7, 2019
It has been a number of months since Boyart finalized “Liberté Guidant le Peuple” and the prize was won about a week following its unveiling. The donations for the artwork adorning the side of a Parisian building have been creeping in slowly.
That was before a couple of days ago. Boyart took a look at his wallet to discover that some confidential tipster had dropped a full Bitcoin in there– worth more than $4,000 at the time of writing. This has taken the total donated to the artist over 3 separate pieces at 1.14 BTC, 5 Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and 1.25 Litecoin (LTC).
The elated artist took to Reddit to express his appreciation. His post reads:
“Thanks to the crypto community for your generosity, this space is full of suprises [sic] Can’t wait to do more murals to spread crypto!”
However, one particularly astute Redditor highlighted a flaw with the logic of asking for donations in such a way. “Medatascientist” posted:
“OP there is sth I was curious about these street art donations so I’ll fire away: don’t you get afraid that someone would paint over the QR code overnight and redirect your donations to his/his robbery account? Am I thinking too much about this?”
From Boyart's response, it is obvious that he has contemplated this as a possibility. The artist stated that he always provides the same address used on his website too and for this reason it would be simple to review that funds were going to the correct wallet. Plainly, this to some degree undermines the elegance and simplicity of the mural-side QR donation idea though.
That pointed out, Boyart's piece does precisely what all good artwork should. It challenges the viewer with its astutely political message. It also highlights cryptocurrency's potential to disrupt the way that even fairly basic financial transactions– such as donating– are performed. Exploration of alternate funding methods is something other crypto-enthused artists have in the past attempted too.
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