A Paris street artist has captured the cryptocurrency community's imagination by combining art, mystery, politics, and Bitcoin to make a whimsical souffle.
The graffiti artist, Pascal Boyart, posted a photo of his work on social media with an explanation and call to action. He said that the painting, a modern interpretation of the iconic 19th century Liberty Leading the People, included a puzzle that if solved would grant the finder 0.26 BTC ($1,003).
#StreetArt treasure hunt in Paris with a #Bitcoin puzzle— Pascal Boyart (@pascalboyart) January 7, 2019
For the 10th birthday of the genesis block, I painted this frescoe in Paris with a 0,26btc ($1000) puzzle in it.
Here's the public key: 1NqPwPp7hEXZ3Atj77Ue11xAEMmXqAXwrQ Thanks to @alistairmilne for sponsoring this 🙏 pic.twitter.com/F7aIkxmp6t
The catch? Only people who are physically standing in front of the mural can attempt to solve the puzzle and claim the prize. This means that treasure hunters must make their way to Paris, find the wall the artwork is painted on, and try to figure out the clues.
Boyart, who has already received lots of social media love, and digital donations, from crypto aficionados, is something of a conceptual art pioneer, at least when it comes to Bitcoin. He claims to be the first artist to include a QR code that enables Bitcoin donations in his paintings.
Aside from containing clues to a small, but growing, pile of cash, Boyart's mural packs a political punch. It is as he called it a 'resurrection' of a French Classic replacing 1830 revolutionaries with the 'Yellow Vests' of today's economic protests.
The original painting by Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix is perhaps the best-known image dealing with the July revolution of 1830.
Liberty Leading the People - Old and New. Pascal Boyart & Eugène Delacroix.