Lot 1

The Artist

An Early Harvest, 2017

Cryptocurrency token and tulip bulb

1 TLP token

1 Tulipa kaufmanniana 'Early Harvest' bulb

Digitally signed and dated on the Ethereum blockchain

Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper

Estimated value: ƒ11,018,546 (18,135 ETH)

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About the work

This is The Artist's first public exhibition. They explore the contrasting and harmonious elements of art, commerce, and technology. The Artist explores ideas through various mediums, but is keen to blur the lines between the digital and analog worlds. In this work The Artist looks to both encourage the early blooms of blockchain technology as well as reflect some of the current issues that have presented themselves such as bubbling ICOs.

The work includes an exclusive original watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper to be framed with the coinciding tulip and makes use of the final transaction ID echoing the nature of Zen buddhist calligraphy. The Artist hopes to raise the ambitions of society, to think less of art as a luxury or device for signaling and instead encourage others to make their primary economic activities more in line with the essence of art and not as a future balancing countermeasure.