Since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, many celebrities, social activities and visual artists have joined the league of supporting Ukraine through cryptocurrency and NFT artwork. And the trend does not stop. Now a top-notch group of artists are taking support and devotion to a whole new level with lasting impact – the NFT avatar series. The absolutely stunning visuals, the breathtakingly painful imagery, the suffocating and lifelike likeness of ongoing cruelty, and the undying power of resilience truly set these artworks apart and earn them a solid place in the art world. Contemporary NFT.
Avatars for Ukraine + MetaHistory
A group of the best professionals in the video game industry, credited for game successes rainbow six, Warframe, HARLERand a billion downloads Asphalt The franchise, in collaboration with the most talented Ukrainian digital artists, has created an NFT charity collection to help Ukraine. The collection will be released on MAY 19, 2022 on MetaHistoryan official Ukrainian NFT charity platform that has already collected 260 ETH / $722,000 for Ukraine. Their initiative is supported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukrainea Ukrainian government institution known for its pro-crypto stance, which has already raised over 60 million for Ukraine in crypto donations.
The NFT charity collection is named after Avatars for Ukraine. The title refers to the original meaning of the word “avatar”, translated from Sanskrit as “incarnation”. The stunning works of art capture the embodiments of all that free Ukraine stands for: its soul, its spirit, its wisdom and its love. The collection is unique and different from other avatars, not just by name. The artworks emerged during 2 months of war and were created by 50 of the most talented and acclaimed Ukrainian digital artists from the gaming and film industries. Europe’s best science fiction illustrator Volodymyr Bondar, winner of the prestigious EuroCon award, contributed an exclusive illustration. Volodymyr can be seen as an embodiment of the spirit itself: he risked his life evacuating dozens of people from heavily bombarded Kharkiv. Collection Curators, Lead Artist and Art Director Behind One Billion Downloads Asphalt game franchise, both have the same name, Kateryna. One Kateryna spent days hiding from airstrikes in the subway with her cats, the other found refuge in Romania.
Many NFT collections focus exclusively on the monetary aspect, and the speculative mentality of buyers and sellers fuels controversy around the market. For the ideologues behind the Avatars collection, the goal is noble. Alexey Savchenko (UK), former business development manager for Epic and former PR manager for GSC, says, “We felt that if we were going to do NFT to help Ukraine, we should do it the same way we build our game worlds, with high production values and the best talent around us. Epic Games, the company that will most likely be the first to build the ‘true metaverse’, has raised $150 million for Ukraine. Dmitry Tarabanov (Canada), game designer credited for game hits rainbow six and Warframe“: “The game and film industries allow you to discover universes worth millions in production, at the price of a few dollars, a bit of the opposite of the NFT culture. The stunning art created by these artists is free for all mankind. Still, if there is any historical work of art, like a sketch of the first AT-AT walker from star wars, its original is priceless. The works in this collection are equally historic. No matter the price, all the money goes to Ukraine”.
The MetaHistory NFT platform helped the team by shaping NFT technology to its high standards. MetaHistory has a successful record as an NFT charity platform officially endorsed by Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation, a pro-crypto government institution that has previously raised millions in crypto for Ukraine, and is earlier partnered with Elon Musk to deliver Starlink to Ukraine. The level of cooperation between the crypto industry, e-entertainment, and official institutions has made this NFT collection unprecedented, and the circumstances behind it. “We wish there were no more works of art created in the greatest war since World War II. We wish there were no legendary artists painting while their cities are We wish there were no more than 70 items in this collection, because every day this war has added one more piece of art. Yet these NFTs are here and now to fulfill their destiny, the noblest cause of this technology that can be thought of: to make good prevail, to invest in the future we believe in and to embrace the common sense of history,” the joint statement tells them.
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