The quirky art project known as CryptoPunks was created three years ago by two software developers. They believed that it would require “a conceptual leap”. Now, after almost three years of being created CryptoPunks is regarded as the pioneer of today’s CryptoArt Movement.
Noah Davis, a specialist in Post-War & Contemporary Art says that “The CryptoPunks are the alpha and omega of the CyptoArt movement.”
CryptoPunk will go up for auction for the first time on May 13 in New York. Noah Davis calls it a “historic sale”.
ERC-721 standard on the Ethereum platform was used to create the pixelated images called CryptoPunks. These 24×24 art images are only 10,000 in quantity and all of them are claimed by people. You can only buy CryptoPunks from other buyers in the marketplace. These are 10,000 characters that are all different from each other in terms of personality and unique features. It consists of 6,039 male punk characters and 3,840 female characters and they all have different features that make them unique.
According to the creators of CryptoPunks, the characters are inspired by the early blockchain movement. The vibe that these Punks have is similar to the vibe of the early blockchain movement. “They needed to be a collection of misfits and non-conformists. The London punk movement of the 1970s felt like the right aesthetic,” they explained.
The website Larva Labs have composite images of all 10,000 punks to be viewed by anyone and people can randomly save any image they want. The characters have their own pages with their details and complete transaction history.
As explained earlier, anyone can view or save this NFT, but only one person can officially own it. Official ownership is described in codes and is accessible on Ethereum Blockchain. “The record is incorruptible and promises to be extraordinarily long-lived”, as explained by Larva Labs experts. They also keep a track of every artwork and save it on the blockchain. It also inspired the now widely accepted ERC-721 standard for NFTs, laying the groundwork for today’s NFT market.
As per the nature of blockchain, when the venture went live, Larva Labs could not change the current arrangement and form of the artwork, regardless of whether they needed to. “It’s odd to think of what might have been different if we had run the generator just one more time, or used the penultimate run’s output.”
The creators see each work as individual bits of generative artwork while permitting that the whole task itself may be considered as a bigger theoretical piece. “It’s possibly the first work of art with a self-contained mechanism for recording and transacting its ownership.”
The CryptoPunks Market is extremely active these days as the creators Hall and Watkinson are putting up a set of their own CryptoPunks for traditional auction. This sale of the famous artwork is being regarded as the true advent of CryptoArt which is just the start of a better future for art and blockchain technology. The future is here!