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Jim Carrey buys NFT from an abandoned Soviet sanatorium

Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to get caught up in the non-fungible token craze with the purchase of a piece of digital art that has direct ties to the Soviet Union.

Outbidding the others, Carrey, 60, paid Ξ20.0 – equivalent to $39,535 – for an NFT titled “Devotion”. The artwork is part of “The Wild Within” series (which consists of 13 NFTs in total) by artists Ryan Koopmans and Alice Wexell, which captures abandoned buildings in the USSR.

The image shows a dilapidated Soviet-era sanatorium in Georgia – specifically, the famous resort town of Tskaltubo, which was a popular health destination known for its therapeutic waters.

“This one stops me. James Joyce said it was a good thing. Thank you @ryankoopmans for gently capturing nature’s exquisite and relentless reinvention. BTW you are my first NFT,” Carrey revealed in a Posting on Twitter.

“Devotion”, a coin in “The Wild Within” series by artist Ryan Koopmans, is Jim Carrey’s first non-fungible token coin.
Ryan Koopmans

Dutch-Canadian artist Koopmans told The Post of his excitement to learn that Carrey was the one who bought his piece.

“It’s very exciting to learn that Jim Carrey was the collector, because I respect him enormously as a multidisciplinary artist!” said Koopmans. “Jim Carrey is an awesome painter, illustrator and artist in his own right. It’s fun that someone who champions creativity, positivity and mindfulness is linked to the work that Alice and I have been creating for several years and is so very close to my heart.

As for the former resort town, according to the article’s description, “Between the 1940s and the 1980s, thousands of people visited it, including Stalin and his high officials from Moscow. When the Soviet Union collapsed, buildings were abandoned and decayed.

Since the early 1990s, buildings have been slowly dismantled and stripped of their precious materials, leaving the empty shells of what were once grand classical structures.

In recent years, Koopmans has toured the area photographing the ruins. Together with Wexell, they took these photographs and digitally transformed them into a work of art by manipulating lighting and structure, adding sound by Erik Thome and animating the scenes with the intention of bringing the spaces to life. empty.

The goal, according to the Koopmans, was “essentially to bring the pieces back to life.”

Shortly after purchasing his first NFT, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated comedian purchased another NFT titled “Nuclear Taco Trucks.”

New York Post

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