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He blew up a Lamborghini for art

 



Ever dreamed of owning a Lamborghini but haven’t quite got the bank account to match? Your lifelong desire might be about to come to fruition – although don’t expect the whole car, or even to be able to touch it.

An artist called Shl0ms blew up a Lamborghini Huracan worth almost US$250,000 and now he’s auctioning off videos of the toasty remains.

With the assistance of an expert explosive team of about 100 people, the NFT artist blew up the luxury supercar in an undisclosed location in the US desert early in February.

While you can’t get your hands on the physical remains of the second-hand Huracan, you can own one of the 888 “exquisitely filmed fragment” videos depicting charred pieces from the explosion, all of which have been ordered by size, aesthetic and function. There are also an additional 111 NFTs reserved for the team.

“The destruction as creation motif is pretty common in the traditional art world. Not as common in the crypto art world,” the artist told The Block.

The elaborate project was created for the $CAR collection, where Shl0ms is auctioning off the NFTs with a starting bid of 0.01 Ether per item (about US$2,627). At current market prices, it’s projected the artist could rake up anywhere upwards of US$1 million, according to Business Insider.

“We’ve spent a massive amount of money and effort to get it perfect in a masochistically short time frame, with an absolutely obsessive level of attention to detail,” Shl0ms wrote on Twitter. “I’m exhausted and exhilarated.”

Despite what some may think, the NFT artist claims the reason behind the explosion wasn’t to make money, rather to make a “general criticism of greed” and the “get rich quick” mindset among many cryptocurrency investors.

While the project can seem hypocritical due to the potential to earn big dollars quickly by protesting against get rich quick schemes, the artist told Fortune the majority of funds will go towards public installations of art – although it can’t be verified until post auction.

“I’ve chosen to leave it up to other people to value my art,” Shl0ms said.

The bold stunt is not Shl0ms’ first NFT project. Taking to Twitter, the artist shared that “it’s been a wild ride going from a single pixel to a detonated supercar”, describing it as a “strange journey thus far”.

The $CAR collection auction will take place for 24 hours on 4 March, 2022.

Feature image: Shl0ms Twitter