Wednesday, February 19, 2020

$1,000 Bitcoin Puzzle Depicting Paris’ Yellow Vest Protest Gets Solved

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Grace Joseph
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BTCNN reported of a Bitcoin puzzle on January 8 which was created by Pascal Boyart, a well-known street artist. At the time of the post’s publication, the puzzle was still a mystery but this is no longer the case because of an announcement on January 13 which states otherwise. Thus, the mural painting depicting the Yellow Vest event in France has been solved.

Artist Announces That Puzzle Has Been Solved

Pascal Boyart on Twitter said a solution has been found to the puzzle hidden in his mural painting. He then asked the solver to contact him in order to claim their winnings and also reveal to the public how they had managed to break the code. The artist also included a screenshot as proof that the reward has been sent.

An hour later, Antoine, a Twitter user who claims to be a giver of Ethereum confirmed that he and another user of the platform, Brito were the ones who solved the Bitcoin puzzle. He also commended the artist and people who were involved in the promotion.

Puzzle Depicting the French Movement of 1830

The said puzzle was placed in a mural depicting the Yellow vest movement of 2018. This was a rally to protest the high cost of living in Paris which is allegedly caused by the central bank, French government, and the bureaucrats. The artist, on the other hand, said his inspiration in mural came from an 1830 painting of the French Revolution.

At the time of the painting’s creation, Pascal said it was in a bid to celebrate Bitcoins’ 10th birthday. He also stated that for the solver of the mystery, a reward of 0.26 BTC which is about $1000 awaited them. This is a donation that was made by the artist as well as another Bitcoin enthusiast.

Crypto Enthusiasts Encourage the Artist’s Work

Brian O’Hagan, Coinhouse’s marketing executive some days ago encouraged more people to make donations in support of the artist’s work. However, it is uncertain if more donations were made. Brian had also revealed that the mural was painted in the middle of winter which is not an easy task.

A lot of hype has been created over the painting given the high-level of interest displayed by cryptocurrency enthusiasts in the Bitcoin treasure hunt. Also, many who may have made attempts and failed, are curious to know how the duo solved it. A user specifically wanted to know if a private key was hidden in it.

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