The world of NFTs is getting more bizarre by the day. The latest headlines maker is an anonymous conceptual artist who has blown up a $250,000 Lamborghini and turned the destroyed parts into a collection of 999 NFTs, somehow calling it art. Reason? The artist who goes by the pseudonym Shl0ms says it was done to protest crypto’s get-rich-quick culture. That’s correct. We haven’t heard anything so ridiculous either. “This technology is incredibly promising, there are so many good things we could do with it but there are so many terrible things being done with it,” Shl0ms told The Block in an interview. “It’s really extractive, zero-sum practices.” Maybe the artist was inspired by the makers of STOPELON for logic.
The Lamborghini Huracan was dramatically blown up on February 2, which Shl0ms notes was 2/2/2022, at an undisclosed location with the help of a federally licensed explosives engineer. The artist says it wasn’t an easy task blowing up a supercar without completely destroying the parts. In fact, a team spent two weeks testing controlled explosions, blowing up several cars. Finally, Lamborghini’s detonation was filmed for a video that was released by the artist via his Twitter account. The team picked up the pieces and documented 999 of them by creating a 360-degree video of each piece in 4K definition. 888 charred pieces will be sold along with their corresponding NFTs, while the remaining 111 will be saved for the team and the initial investor.
Shl0ms says he chose a Lamborghini to blow up for his latest project because of his inherent dislike for the brand. “The Lambo is a pretty potent representation of people simply engaging with crypto because it’s a way for them to make money off other people as quickly as possible,” the artist said. However, this isn’t the first time he destroyed something in the name of art. Previously, Shl0ms destroyed a urinal inspired by artist Marcel Duchamp’s artwork and turned 150 fragments into NFTs, selling them for a whopping $500,000. With the Lamborghini, the anonymous destroyer of objects will be hoping to raise a lot more money. After all, that’s the only logic behind this whole drama.
— (@SHL0MS) February 17, 2022