Pascal Boyart, a popular street artist has launched the first Bitcoin Street art treasure hunt to celebrate the cryptocurrency’s 10th Birthday which fell on January 3rd. The artist revealed this on January 7 stating that 0.26BTC ($1,000) had been hidden in a mural painting. The painting depicts the Yellow vest protests which occurred in Paris, France.
Mural Painting Depicts 2018’s Yellow Vest Protests
The Yellow vest protests began in late 2018. This is a political movement by a group of individuals who were seeking for economic justice. Their rally was in a bid to oppose the high cost of living, fuel prices, and tax rates in the region. Based on reports, these economic problems were caused by the French government, bureaucrats, and central banking system.
The Bitcoin puzzle was inspired by a famous oil painting made by Eugène Delacroix. The latter had been a pictorial representation of the French Revolution of 1830. Pascal Boyart said he had decided to make a painting similar to the latter, but in this case denoting a more modern event.
Puzzle Holds 0.2845BTC Partly Donated by Bitcoin Enthusiast
According to the artist, his painting holds 0.2845BTC part of which was donated by Alistair Milne, a Bitcoin enthusiast. At the time the painting was made, there was only 0.26BTC in the wallet linked to it. The artist further stated that before anyone can solve the mystery, they need to be physically present at the painting itself.
Asides from the fact that the puzzle is promoting the drama that unfolded over 8 weeks ago, it is also showcasing cryptocurrency. In the artist’s own words, the purpose of the street art is to celebrate the 10th birthday of the genesis block. The latter is the first block of Bitcoin which was mined by the virtual currency’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.
Mystery Puzzle is Yet Unsolved
As at press time, the Bitcoin puzzle is yet to be solved. This is judged from the fact that the funds are still intact in its public address. Also, there are uncertainties about the number of people that may have made an attempt to be the lucky winner of the prize.
Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts on Twitter have applauded the efforts of the artist to promote Bitcoin. Notable among them, is Brian O’Hagan, Coinhouse’s marketing executive who called for more donations to be made towards the work of the artist. Brian who tags the painting as “Freedom guiding the people”, also stated that the painting was made in the middle of winter.