If you were one of the thousands of bitcoiners who attended the Bitcoin 2021 Miami Fair, it was hard to miss the gigantic mural on the walls of the site, which features a mix of well-known and newly inspired cartoon characters adorned with Bitcoin icons.
Over the course of four days, the mural was painted by an American street artist Greg Mike and his Atlanta-based team, who have worked to create an ambitious blend of classic American cartoons, fictional Mike characters and cultural symbolism around the world for years. However, even for these seasoned artists, the massive wall (about 100 feet wide and 20 feet high, by Mike’s estimation) in Bitcoin 2021 was a unique challenge — one that required two scissor lifts, a team of extra help, and over 200 spray paint cans.
But after Mike’s experience completing a similar (albeit much smaller) mural project for the Bitcoin 2019 conference, it seems that deciding on the mix of images and Bitcoin references for the 2021 wall was less difficult than executing.
“[At Bitcoin 2019]“I would like to go into some speaker rooms and hear some of them talk, and it kind of piqued my interest just to dig into the culture and the community and learn more about it,” Mike said. Bitcoin Magazine. “So, getting into this, I definitely had a few tricks up my sleeves in terms of visuals to get people excited about it and make the cut.”
The resulting wall featured a variety of colorful and vibrant symbols, pulled from Mike’s psyche as well as the 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 a diamond hand. He probably captured the festive atmosphere of the festival.
“I have original characters and then my original characters hang out with all these distinct characters,” Mike explained. “It’s great to mix them together and have them hang out together at one big party or event. That’s kind of what’s on that wall.”
In addition to incorporating Bitcoin memes, it is difficult to explain how much the mural encompasses the spirit of the action and the spirit of Bitcoin in general. Bitcoin is, after all, a software project that has no inherent visual component. But Bitcoin 2021 was wild and weird; There was no shortage of original characters walking around; It was loud, colorful and ambitious. Mike’s mural captures this personal spirit, as art is always in a unique position to do, and presents an image that may not be ingrained in Bitcoin, but certainly stems from its deep roots.
“It’s as if art is thinking completely out of the ordinary and trying to make your own way and your own path and do different things,” Mike said. “So I definitely feel there is something parallel to explore, you know, if you are interested in bitcoin and that way of thinking.