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Christie's in NYC hosts Bitcoin-themed artwork containing original code


Christie’s auction house in New York is featuring a piece of bitcoin-themed artwork containing a portion of bitcoin’s code. The project is named “Block 21” and is one of the forty works of art illustrating the whole 12.3 million digits of bitcoin’s original code.



This particular piece has 322,048 digits of hexadecimal code, some of the numbers inscribed in gold. The whole art collection is more than 50 meters long and is "scattered" around the globe. Bitcoin’s historic v0.1.0 code spans throughout the whole collection hand-inscribed on its surface.

The project's creator Ben Gentilli attributes each piece as a painted digital fingerprint and calls the collective series “Portraits of a Mind" - "a decentralized piece of art reflecting the underlying nature of bitcoin", referring it to bitcoin’s founder Satoshi Nakamoto.

"Bitcoin’s original codebase is like a historical document, and I wanted to celebrate it and preserve it in the same way as a document like the Magna Carta.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", said Gentilli.
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