Delacroix and the gilets jaunes
French street artist PBOY has set a challenge.
Pascal Boyart, otherwise known as PBOY has recently painted a pastiche of the Delacroix painting “La liberté guidant le peuple” which was painted in 1830.
He has updated it with some gilets jaunes characters, to make it more contemporary.
It has a little secret inside though. There’s a bitcoin puzzle, and if you solve it you can win $1,000 in bitcoins.
To guide those on the treasure hunt, Boyart has shared a high-resolution image of the artwork, but claims you can only solve part of the puzzle remotely. To claim the prize (which adds up to just over one quarter of a full Bitcoin), you’ll have to track down the painting’s secret location and see it in person.
The artist announced the contest on Twitter, crediting Alistair Milne, a self-described entrepreneur and Bitcoin “evangelist,” with sponsoring the stunt. It’s a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the so-called genesis block that began the Bitcoin block chain on January 3, 2009, and anyone can add to the purse at the public wallet address.
“It’s up to you to find the wall and the solution to the puzzle,” Boyart wrote on his website.
The street art treasure hunt is an appropriate way for the artist to give back to his fans. Boyart received over $1,000 in donations after he added a QR code to one of his murals last spring. The artwork, titled Rembrandt dos au mur (Rembrandt Back Against the Wall), featured a portrait of Rembrandt van Rijn in which the subject pours over a complicated tax bill, referencing the Dutch Golden Age painter’s lifelong financial struggles. You can read more about that project in our article.
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