If you were one of the thousands of Bitcoiners who attended Bitcoin 2021 in Miami, it was hard to miss the giant graffiti mural at the venue, which features a mix of well-known and newly-inspired cartoon characters adorned with Bitcoin iconography.
Over four days, the mural was painted by an American street artist. Greg mike and his Atlanta-based team, who have been creating ambitious mixes of classic American cartoons, Mike’s own imaginary characters, and cultural symbolism around the world for years. Still, even for such seasoned artists, the mega wall (which was about 100 feet wide and 20 feet tall, by Mike’s estimate) in Bitcoin 2021 was a unique challenge: one that required two scissor lifts, one piece of equipment. of extra help and over 200 cans of spray paint.
But following Mike’s experience completing a similar (albeit much smaller) wall project for the 2019 Bitcoin conference, it seems that deciding on the combination of Bitcoin images and references for wall 2021 was less of a challenge than execution.
“[At Bitcoin 2019]I would show up in some of the speaker rooms and just hear some of them speak and that piqued my interest just to dive deeper into the culture and the community and learn more about it, ”said Mike. Bitcoin Magazine. “So going into this one, he definitely had some tricks up his sleeve in terms of visuals to get people excited and make pieces.”
The resulting wall featured a smorgasbord of colorful and energetic icons, drawn from Mike’s own psyche, as well as deep channels of Bitcoin’s internet culture. There’s Scrooge McDuck holding a physical bitcoin, Lenny from “The Simpsons” with laser eyes, and Mike’s Larry Loudmouth with diamond hands. It captured, probably perpetuated, the festive atmosphere of celebration of the event.
“I have my original characters and then my original characters get together with all these iconic characters,” Mike explained. “It’s great to mix them up and have them hang out together at a big party or event. And that’s what’s on this wall. “
Beyond the incorporation of Bitcoin memes, it is difficult to articulate how well the mural encompassed the spirit of the event and the spirit of Bitcoin in general. After all, Bitcoin is ultimately a software project with no inherent visual component. But Bitcoin 2021 was wild and strange; there was no shortage of original characters wandering around; it was loud, colorful and ambitious. Mike’s mural captured this spirit in person, as art is always in a unique position to do so, and it offers an image that may not be inherent in Bitcoin, but has certainly grown from its deepest roots.
“It’s like art is very innovative thinking and it’s trying to carve your own path and your own lane and do things that are different,” said Mike. “So I definitely feel like there is a parallel to explore, you know, if you like Bitcoin and that way of thinking.”