Vancouver’s Aspiring Project: Blockchain-Based Digital Art Installation

The Vancouver Biennale, a Canadian public art organization, is preparing to showcase an art installation that is a combination of both physical and digital reality with blockchain technology. The new Voxel Bridge installation is located on the south side of the Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver. It is a blockchain-based augmented reality (AR) technology that can be displayed on iOS or Android devices. According to local digital art enthusiasts, the installation is getting prepared to open to the public today. It will last until the spring of 2023.

The art piece that will be installed is a 1,800 square meter installation by Jessica Angel, a New York-based artist. It studies how to construct and utilize public spaces in both digital and physical realities. Created in the real world in the form of a huge 2D vinyl mural, this artwork also exists in augmented reality through the app and is located in the blockchain network.

Jessica Angel said, “Art is a mobilizing force with the power to bridge seemingly dissimilar worlds, and Voxel Bridge exhibits this capacity. This installation transcends the enjoyment of art into a unifying and experimenting effort that enables blockchain technology, AR, and public art to examine new ways of interaction.”

Vancouver Biennale Opening A Bridge To Digital Art

The installation of this piece of work is a digital and visual representation of the Kusama network. Kusama network is a decentralized blockchain network constructed as a “canary” chain connected to Polkadot, the main blockchain network. The audience can actually see, touch, and hear the history of the Kusama network through 20 different interactive animations. Each one of these animations is in the form of a unique non-fungible token (NFT). They all exist on the blockchain. The NFTs will be sold on RMRK, Kusama’s art marketplace. The Art Market’s funds are intended to offset the cost of producing this project. The cost is said to have exceeded the budget by more than US$300,000.

Moreover, in the beginning, this project was proposed in October by the Kusama council. While discussing it, they were describing this project as a multidisciplinary piece. They also said it is a “high impact art installation”. A council member of the Kusama Council said that “Voxel Bridge will provide an experiential perspective of the Kusama Network, rather than a technical one.”

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