Following his well-received CLONE X series with RTFKT Studios, Takashi Murakami has revealed the forthcoming release of his personal NFT project called "Murakami.Flowers." For this endeavor, he is working alongside Cofound.it startup Swarm Fund to design and produce tokens for each digital piece in an attempt to preserve the unique characteristics of his work.
Last year, Murakami revealed his plans to move on from the project. However, he decided not to go through with it after he didn't feel like he had a firm grasp on the area. He believes he's ready to move forward with the project after trading cryptocurrencies and working on a successful NFT project with RTFKT. “I'm sure there's still so much I don't understand about this area, and I'll want a lot of assistance from everyone,” he continued in the announcement. Murakami will also feature NFTs in an upcoming exhibition opening March 19 at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
This isn’t the first time an established artist has tried to use NFTs as a way of ensuring their work will be preserved for future generations. Last month, exhibition creator Julian Oliver announced the upcoming release of his own crypto-art project with London-based startup Loki, which will enable digital artworks to be distributed among unique blockchain addresses.Beyond the preserving art, Murakami notes that he is also interested in using NFTs to create infinite reproductions of his work and integrate them with various digital spaces. For example, they could be used as a tool for improving virtual and augmented reality environments or even video games. “As I understand it, this technology is just beginning in the world of art,” he said in the announcement. “I want to try my hand at it. I’m just an amateur who knows nothing about programming, but with this opportunity I’ll be able to study all about this new technology with everyone."