Visionnaire NFT Apollo Belvedere
Visionnaire NFT Apollo Belvedere
On the occasion of the 60th Edition of Salone del Mobile in Milano, Visionnaire presented “Apollo Belvedere” in the Wunderkammer Gallery, its first NFT project.
Apollo Belvedere, launched in April 2022, is a project by Visionnaire which investigates the innovative art and design methods granted by the NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens) system and Web3.
On the occasion of the 60th Edition of Salone del Mobile in Milano, Visionnaire presented “Apollo Belvedere” in the Wunderkammer Gallery, Visionnaire’s showroom in Piazza Cavour 3, Milano. Designed and created with globally renowned Visual Artist, Jonathan Monaghan, the unveiling of the exquisite Carrara marble sculpture accompanied by a unique 1/1 NFT was available to the public to purchase via the 4ART App. Minted on the sustainable side-chain of Ethereum, PalmNetwork, with near-zero carbon emission, ”Apollo Belvedere” is auctioned off the 4ART NFT + marketplace.
The vision of the drop was to create a singular and one-of-a-kind piece of art in opposition to the ever-evolving and massively reproductive space of NFT art. Moreover, “Apollo Belvedere” brings forward the dialogue between physical and digital displays and how the relationship between the two environments together can bring a new experience to the public and collector.
The synergy between Jonathan Monaghan’s aesthetic and Visionnaire’s expertise in the production of luxury furniture formed a strong bond between digital design and the tradition of craftsmanship.
The physical bust was realized in marble, sourced in Carrara,Tuscany, where the stone has been sourced since the Roman Empire. Transported to Northern Italy, the marble piece was cut, carved, and chiseled into the bust of the divine god by the hands of Italian artisans.It took months of physical labor to achieve the idealistic vision of texture, detail, and aethereal softness that Visionnaire and Monaghan imagined.
Combined with the marble bust, Monaghan created a surreal 3D animated video where an alien-like spacecraft reveals the sculpture in a Baroque environment. “The bust is confronted by a fiery red panther, a symbol associated with the ancient Greek god Dionysus and notions of chaos. The Olympiandeity Apollo, a symbol of aesthetic perfection, appears to vanquish the beast and restore order to this dream-like world”, the artist states.The partnership with 4ARTechnologies made the connection between the physical and digital possible.
Besides Milan, the installation was presented during Art Basel Miami at Visionnaire's showroom, in a unique setting where an enveloping velour drape clouds the Apollo Belvedere in all of its forms showcasing the final NFT drop and the marble bust.
As a Benefit Company, Visionnaire’s top concern is to reduce the environmental impact in developing every project. Visionnaire partnered with Palm NFT Studio for its lower gas fees, fast transaction finality, and a 99.99% + reduction in energy consumption when compared to Proof of Work Systems. Ethereum mainnet is infamous for being carbon-intensive due to its “Proof of Work” consensus mechanism which requires a large amount of computing power for transactions. The Palm network’s “Proof of Authority” (iBFT2) consensus mechanism requires significantly less computing power. The amount of energy required to mint on the Palm network is equal to sending three emails. Moreover, Visionnaire partnered again with Rete Clima to cover the CO2 emissions caused by energy consumption. By overviewing the entire design and production process, from the 3D rendering to the transportation of the finalized statue, the total amount of the energy consumed was accounted for by taking part in the project “Allain Duhangan Hydropower Plant in India”, which aims to reduce Southern India’s fossil fuel dependency.