Bitcoin’s 12.3 Million Digit Code Brought To Form Via 40 Paintings
Artist Ben Gentilli has brought Bitcoin’s 12,300,000-digit founding code to life in the physical world via 40 paintings….
Bitcoin’s 12.3 million-digit code transformed into surreal paintings
Working under the project name Robert Alice, artist Ben Gentilli spent three years working on the canvases, which he has collectively titled “Portraits of a Mind.”
Using specialist machinery, he engraved each painting with over 300,000 digits of the complex code underpinning the virtual currency. Each digit was then hand-painted, producing what its creator calls a “digital fingerprint carved out of paint.”
‘The core idea of the project was, ‘How do you make something of real cultural value within the Bitcoin sphere?’ Gentilli said via video call. ‘And for me, the thing I kept coming back to was this code base, because it’s really the very basis of Bitcoin culture.’
The decision to split the work across 40 different canvases was partly inspired by the decentralized nature of Bitcoin, which is issued and traded without the oversight of central banks or financial authorities. In early 2020, Gentilli sold the first 20 paintings privately to collectors from the art and technology worlds.”