22 March 2022TRENDSIGNAL_A $512,000 virtual Mars House by 3D artist Krista Kim
As interest in virtual design continues to grow, Toronto-based artist Krista Kim sold the first NFT-backed digital home for over half a million dollars. Named Mars House, the digital home designed by Kim was sold on non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace SuperRare for 288 Ether ($512,000), a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. The crazy hunger for this new, lucrative form of “art” pushes prices up and hypes up the intrest in NFT in general. SuperRare described it as “the first NFT digital house in the world”.
But there are, as with every hyped trend, many opposite voice from the design & architecture scene as people criticise this type of work as ‘ like an end of term project done by a 1st year animation school student’ or as a ‘sloppy banal 3D work’. Reactions like “Omg my minecraft house is better than this”, or “Awful graphics. It looks like an amateur project for the 1st first year of 3D school. Some people have more money than sense” are omnipresent.
Up to you to make up your mind about this growing movement of digital artwork and the expansion towards the Metaverse, where you actually will be showcasing your newly purchased NFT’s to your virtual palls. In the future, yes.
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