The Artifex Project is a historical time capsule of the digital art NFT space.
As everyone – for good reason – looks to enter the NFT space, it asks: who built it?
100 digital artists are honored within the project.
Artist waves provide structure.
An example is The Family, representing the community, collaboration, and spirit of the NFT space.
Interacting with artists, collectors, investors, builders, and community in the latter stages of 2020, it felt like history in the making. The NFT space began its parabolic rise and digital art as a whole surged forward.
With deserved attention comes noise: some good, some bad, some in between. It’s the natural evolution of an exploding marketplace, one that inspired a Renaissance.
The mission of The Artifex Project became finding, retaining, and preserving the substance. What made it special in the first place? Sift through short-term noise. Find long-term signal.
While any project has a constraint – in this case 100 artists – the mission is to honor the NFT digital art space as a whole and consider all groups that meet at its intersection: from collector to community to metaverse builder and beyond.
The Artifex Project continuously explores ways to benefit the space. Initial efforts included an all-access logo commission and NYC takeover, but things are just beginning.
From an early decision to work with Animus, an artist-collective “dedicated to advancing the future of the NFT/Crypto space”, to a compass that informs future decisions, the project is here to build.
A historical time capsule begins at contract level. On-chain metadata and beyond is among industry best.
An artist first project needs artist first pages. A home is created for each artist, complete with NFT collections, selected works, press links, and beyond.
There is a fine line between too few and too many. In this case, the original artwork retains 1/1 status, while the Artifex 3D reaches 67 collectors.
3D Artifex files have a roadmap to travel across metaverses, filters, and beyond. The possibilities are endless, and the sculpture travels with the direction of the space.
Market consideration – and a balance between primary and secondary – is important. The project engages in real numbers-based conversations with Manifold, and decisions are made with the collector and long-term in mind.
The project website is integrated with OpenSea, giving a collector two places to purchase: via the Artifex.Art interface or OpenSea directly.
Each wave includes 1/1 original artwork NFTs by top digital artists for auction.
For limited purchase, 3D Artifex sculpture NFTs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. First edition Artifex sculptures are available in a bundle of ten including an artwork for each artist included in the wave.
Each artist creates a metaphorical self-portrait: a humanoid, animal, or object representation of self. It answers the question: how do you see yourself in a piece of art? The original artwork is a 1/1 NFT, which is auctioned at a carefully calculated reserve price advised by project partner, Manifold.
The Artifex is a 3D sculpture of each artist’s work, created by art director DurkAtWork. The character steps out of the original artwork into 3D virtual immortality. The sculpture is timeless and has a roadmap for metaverse-compatibility, AR filters, and more.
Each is a /100 NFT, 67 of which are available as editions. (The remaining 33 are withheld for gifts, project partners, and a future project index fund.)
Bidding on 1/1 artwork opens at 7pm EST the day the artwork is released. Purchases for Limited Edition Artifex sculptures begin at the same time. You may buy and bid at Artifex.art or on OpenSea.
You must have Wrapped ETH and connect your MetaMask wallet to bid on an Artifex auction (you can swap ETH for wETH within MetaMask). Each auction includes a reserve price which must be met before the auction begins. Once the auction begins, it remains active for at least 24 hours. Artifex follows the Coldie method; each new bid extends the auction an additional 24 hours.
- Set up wallet
Visit MetaMask & install the Google Chrome extension here.
- Buy / Transfer / Swap Ether
You can purchase Ether directly through MetaMask. You can transfer ETH from other platforms, such as Coinbase, to your MetaMask wallet. Swap ETH for Wrapped ETH within MetaMask if you want to bid on an auction.
- Connect to Artifex
Connect your Metamask wallet to Artifex
Each original artwork or Artifex sculpture is accompanied by your own custom gallery room, via project partner RareRooms. These spaces are designed specifically for the project. Gallery rooms are accessible via a link on mobile, web, and ultimately VR. Each room showcases 5 artwork NFTs, as well as 5 3D NFTs. Once you possess a room, you can showcase not only your Artifex NFTs but also other NFTs you own via a simple interface. Once you purchase an NFT, claim your room and interact with your artwork by connecting your wallet to RareRooms.io
Once you have made your purchase or successful bid, there are three things you can do:
- Visit RareRooms.io to claim your Artifex Gallery
You can showcase your Artifex NFTs and any others from your collection. Each RareRoom includes space for ten NFTs (5 to hang on the wall and 5 to spotlight on pedestals). You should be able to access your collection simply by connecting your wallet to RareRooms.
- Request your 3D file package
Email email@example.com to claim your files and unlock the endless possibilities Artifex makes possible
- View your Artifex on OpenSea
All details of your purchase are available on OpenSea, as well as the opportunity to transact on the secondary market.
To the maximum extent possible, Artifex aims to eliminate the possibility that collectors might ever lose access to their Artifex NFTs. Every aspect of Artifex NFTs are preserved for generations because Artifex metadata is stored on-chain in the Ethereum smart contract.
Artifex aspires to provide the gold standard in smart contracts. Artifex does not compromise on metadata. Both 3D Model information and NFT images are incorporated into Artifex NFT metadata (this is a rare practice).
The metadata for each Artifex NFT is retrievable in human-readable form by calling getMetadata() on the smart contract. A mirror of the Artifex metadata is stored on IPFS. Marketplaces can pull the metadata directly from IPFS since they aren’t able to pull on-chain metadata currently (it’s our hope that this will change in the future).
Here is a list of the redundant measures Artifex uses to preserve Artifex NFT data:
Artifex NFT human-readable metadata:
- Stored on-chain (in the Artifex smart contract)
- Stored on IPFS
Artifex NFT images:
- Stored on IPFS
- Stored on Arweave
- SHA256 hash of the image stored on-chain (in the Artifex smart contract)
Artifex NFT 3D models:
- Stored on IPFS
- Stored on Arweave
- SHA256 hash of the model stored on-chain (in the Artifex smart contract)
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