As an interactive NFT, Mariupol is a living piece of art. It consists of 13 different layers, with each layer having between two to four unique states. The master owner of Mariupol can choose the final appearance from amongst these states.
Mariupol will be available for 14 collectors; one master NFT and 13 layer NFTs. The bidding will be open to anyone, and the collected funds will be donated to Voices of Children to provide psychological support to child victims of war
The NFT will be showcased at Non-Fungible Conference, which will take place on April 4th and 5th in Lisbon, Portugal. The event will host numerous talks, panels, and workshops and exhibit artworks of more than 100 artists. Mariupol will be showcased on a giant screen throughout the event at the center stage.
Contributors and Inspiration
The artwork has been created under the supervision of The Guild, an independent and decentralized artist-led collective. In addition to The Guild members, a contributing artist group had members from the Museum of Crypto Art and Non-Fungible Conference. Async Art also contributed to the creation of Mariupol with its dynamic NFT technology.
The artists involved said a major influence was Picasso’s Guernica, where he expressed the horrors of the bombing of Guernica city in 1937. As a modern reinterpretation of Guernica, Mariupol also aims to encapsulate the brutality of war. Each contributing artist depicted their interpretations of the war, hoping it serves as a reminder that we should not let history repeat itself.
Founder of Non-Fungible Conference, John Karp, commented on the purpose of Mariupol and said:
“Like everyone on this continent, and in this world, I am horrified by the images we are getting from Ukraine of innocent civilians being bombed once again. The horror, disgust, and pain forces people to act.”
He further elaborated:
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“It makes bystanders want to do something. I hope this artwork can be a testament to the power of community and collaboration and proof that, while there is still too much evil and suffering in this world, there is plenty of good left.”