The David Bowie estate has engaged artists to create and launch Bowie-inspired art called Bowie on the Blockchain NFTs, which are meant to raise funds for the fight against hunger.
The estate of the late English singer and songwriter David Bowie has commissioned several artists to create Bowie-inspired NFT art. The project, called Bowie on the Blockchain NFT, will launch on OpenSea next week.
And while the Bowie on the Blockchain NFTs are meant to raise funds for the fight against hunger, most of Bowie’s fans are not impressed with the undertaking.
Bowie on the Blockhain NFT—A Closer Look
The late singer’s estate has tapped nine different visual artists to create Bowie-inspired NFTs. These NFTs will be part of the Bowie on the Blockchain NFT launch, and 100% of the NFTs’ sales will go toward CARE, a nonprofit, international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger.
CARE works alongside women and girls by working alongside women and girls. The supermodel Iman, to whom Bowie was married until his passing in 2016, is a global advocate for CARE.
Some of those who lent their hands to Bowie on the Blockchain NFT project are artist manager Andrew D. Keller’s new firm “We Love the Arts” and filmmaker Joaquin Acrich.
Bowie on the Blockchain on OpenSea
As mentioned in the get-go, the Bowie on the Blockchain NFT project is launching on OpenSea next week. The world’s largest NFT marketplace couldn’t contain its excitement over this development, taking to Twitter on Tuesday to share the news.
“On September 13th, David Bowie’s undying influence will impact yet another new frontier as nine of the world’s leading crypto-artists come together to celebrate his legacy and put #BowieOnTheBlockchain,” OpenSea posted through its official Twitter account.
“This incredible collection brings together some of the most groundbreaking NFT artists with Bowie artifacts to bring a new generation of fans together in Web3,” OpenSea vice president of business development Ryan Foutty said in a statement.
Backlash on Bowie on the Blockchain NFT
On the whole, users have been receptive to NFTs—unique blockchain tokens signifying ownership over an asset, typically digital art. However, some pop culture NFT releases have caused a stir among fans, particularly those who dislike the technology. An example is Netflix’s “Stranger Things” NFTs that launched earlier this summer.
In the case of Bowie on the Blockchain NFTs, many social media users are not too happy with the idea of seeing the legendary singer’s likeness linked to blockchain tokens. When the singer’s official Twitter account shared the news, some expressed support for the NFTs.
Nevertheless, others told the Bowie estate outwardly not to do it. One Twitter critic said, “How about we just don’t with the NFT guff,” and advised the estate to “raise money for charity without using a pyramid scheme.”
Even more ironic is that Bowie’s son from his first marriage, filmmaker Duncan Jones, has previously criticized NFTs, calling them a “fad.”
Jones even poked fun at the thought of sharing someone else’s NFT, joking that Beeple’s “The First 5000 Days” had become “lost” because he could repost the image by right-clicking and saving it. “Do you think the guy who bought it has lost it?” Jones asked about the NFT he right-clicked and saved. “I feel kind of guilty, and like I should probably return it to them.”
He also called Christie’s auction for the NFT “suspicious” after it sold for a whopping $69.3 million.
Despite the backlash from skeptics, many are happy to support Bowie on the Blockchain NFT project. Nineteen-year-old artist Fewocious, who recently set a record for a 350 ETH secondary sale, expressed his excitement about working on Bowie-inspired NFT art for charity.
“I can’t wait to show you the rest of the piece when it reveals this Thursday,” Fewocious said of his Bowie sculpture.
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