There have been incidences in the past when outright obnoxious things are posed as works of “art.” There has been a time that a banana taped to a wall sold for 120,000 US dollars. There has also been a time when a blank canvas was sold at a high price just because someone was willing to shell out that much money for it.
One must think that there is nothing that will surprise them anymore after all these incidences, but then, one might be wrong. With the advance of non-fungible tokens, the digital world has shifted to the Web3.0 era, not entirely, but gradually the shift is bound to take place.
The Trash can that sold for thousands of bucks.
This is not your usual real-world trash can, but the one found in the virtual world. The artist behind it is a 38-year-old man living in Los Angeles. What makes this trash can NFT unique is its “glitching effect.”
The photograph is called a “64-gallon toter”. It depicts a large plastic trashcan with glitching effects that give it a psychedelic appearance. The NFT was sold on the SuperRare platform, an Ethereum based peer-to-peer digital art marketplace.
Reportedly, there were three trash cans on the platform, and each one of them had a unique attribute.
From the creator’s side-
The artist goes by the name Robness on the NFT platform. He claims that he was not inspired to create that image. He even goes as far as to say that the image used in the creation of the NFT “was probably a Google image search,” and he is unable to recall its origins.
He adds that “It was kind of like rage art” and that he was angry about specific issues and expressed them in his artwork.
Troubles around the NFT.
Initially, the platform SuperRare where the trash can NFT was minted and put up for sale, removed the NFT from its website. They stated that “the community didn’t consider it as art” back then. But after two years, because many things evolved in the world of digital collectibles and what could potentially be seen as “art,” they reinstated it.
The reinstatement came out of the blue for the creator, who was earlier threatened for the trash can creation, as they alleged that he was violating the company’s copyright policies.
But what came as a pleasant surprise for Robness was the interested buyer. After Rob pitched his NFT to him and offered his selling price, the buyer bought it. And all the talks happened within 40 minutes, which went with the buyer laughing most of the time during their conversation.
Well, that is one expensive trash can- definitely not up for use!.
How things changed for the artist.
While he could barely make a good amount, as his job was that of a barista, Robness can now earn for himself. This happened because of the positive change that came to his life after “the bin” controversy.
His followers count increased to 30,000 on Twitter, and he now champions “open-source artistry.”
This can be considered the good side of the non-fungible world. Many artists or many creators have found a new way of living, and that too while doing what they are good at. For those who find that there is no value in NFTs, this could prove to be a good example, albeit a bit weird one!