Takashi Murakami will release the NFT collection with his signature flower artwork

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is taking his fame to the next level with his soon-to-be-debuting NFT collection featuring his famous floral designs. Named Murakami.Flowers, this collection has up to 11,664 flowers that highlight Takashi’s remarkable works of art.

The Murakami.Flower collection features pixelated 12-petalled flowers with rare expressions, strokes and backgrounds. In a post on Twitter, he explained that this NFT project is a “combination of 108 flower backgrounds and colors that make up a field, and there are 108 fields.”

Following the success of his CLONE X series with RTFKT Studios, the famed artist teased his flower-based NFT project last year but pulled it back citing the reason he didn’t have a good understanding of the NFT space.

Murakami has also created an interesting distribution system for his unique NFT collection.

(Hero and featured image credit: MURAKAMI.FLOWERS official/Instagram)

Here’s what we know about the Murakami.Flowers NFT project

After trading cryptocurrencies and his successful launch of the CLONE X series, Murakami felt the need to bring his iconic floral artwork to the NFT space. More so, the idea of ​​creating a Tamagotchi-like mobile game on a basic black and white screen inspired him to create Dot Imagery.

The success of his early projects NFT, CryptoPunks, and Beeple further motivated Murakami to include his works in NFTs. So, together with Yoshihisa Hashimoto, his game producer, he continued to develop the Tamagotchi idea which eventually took the form of the Murakami.Flowers project.

However, in his announcement post in April 2021, he said, “I’m sure there’s still so much about this space that I don’t understand, and I will need a lot of guidance from from everyone”. Post from which he took the images of OpenSea, only eleven days before the launch date, that is to say March 31, 2021.

The six-step distribution process

Image Credit: Official MURAKAMI.FLOWERS/Instagram

On the official Murakami.Flowers website, the Japanese contemporary artist explained how he plans to divide the 11,664 images between the “Whitelist” and “Public Sale” categories.

Priced at 0.0727 ETH in presale, the “whitelist” will consist of 3000 holders of RTFKT Clone X with Murakami Drip as well as 500 whitelists related to Murakami. The remaining 500 are allocated to friends and family. If there are any unclaimed artworks, they will be offered through the “public sale”, at the price of 0.108 ETH.

In addition, 6,751 NFT images will also be offered through the “public sale”. However, a lottery system will be followed in this case.

Then comes ‘Lucky 727 Proof’ ie the distribution of 727 images, a special distribution because ‘727’ is Murakami’s lucky number.

After that, 78 varieties of its signature flowers, namely “Zen Number Proof” and 108 Murakami images. Flowers representing “Bonnō Proof” (the number 108 denotes earthly temptations) will be released “when the time is right”.

Interestingly, each purchase is limited to one flower per MetaMask wallet. Moreover, on the release date, each image will be sold as a “seed” which can be exchanged for a flower after it is revealed in the “Public Sale”.

However, little is known about which of the 11,664 flowers, individually generated by hand, represented by the “seeds”, will turn out to be what (the type of flower). This will be disclosed at launch.

The article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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