Latvian artist Kiwi has announced that he will release over a thousand non-mushroom icons representing street art in the real world.
According to Kiwie, NFT pieces will allow art experts to actually own street art without removing the brick wall, sidewalk or other infrastructure on which it was used. NFTs are 3D screens that show the artist’s character “Fat Monster” drawn in 1001 real places with associated geotags.
“Using the NFT to represent real estate allows us to preserve the beauty of art as it is,” Kiwi said. “Blockchain is not just a buzzword here, it allows you to legitimately do things that were previously impossible.”
Kiwie plans to release five NFTs for existing street art from April 13 on Rarible Market. The artist intends to periodically plan several releases over the next five years. According to Kiwie’s website, the artist plans to create about five to six pieces of street art used by NFT in 195 countries, including Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
The artist’s work has received recognition and criticism over the years. They spray-painted the ship of the Duke of Lancaster in Wales and are known for their brutal paintings of the Latvian capital Riga. Although it is assumed that some items have been removed since then, those related to NFT will work differently. On the bridge between physical and digital art, even if one of 1001 monsters in the real world is destroyed or painted, NFT will remain, but the associated image will become a “ghost monster” – a transparent version covered with an aura of the same work of art .
Rendering is part of a growing trend for crypto users to link more real-time data to their NFT counterparts. Last month, IoTeX, a privacy-focused platform for the Internet of Things, announced that it is developing a device that can record and encrypt data, including location, temperature, air quality and motion, in NFT so owners can verify evidence.