A popular and rather raunchy Vancouver statue has been "res-erected" as NFT digit art.
While it only stood in the city for a couple of days, a fire-engine red statue of the prince of darkness sporting a large erection was hard to miss.
The creator — an anonymous street artist who goes by the moniker "Obsidian" — erected the soaring Satan statue near Clark Drive and Great Northern Way on Sept. 19, 2014.
The eyebrow-raising artwork also made international headlines, with many people creating memes and tributes to the seven-foot-tall, fibreglass figure. However, city staff removed the phallic devil a couple of days after.
In an interview in September 2019, Obsidian told the Vancouver Courier that "Penis Satan" wasn't the name he envisioned for the creature. Instead, he fancies “East Van Satan.”
“Everyone thought I was a Satanist,” he said. “That’s not it all. Not all things are so black and white.”
He spent three months building the statue, which was a mannequin with some additional parts from a hardware store. The plaza where Penis Satan was erected was once home to a statue of Christopher Columbus but remains largely vacant to this day.
Now, the devilish behemoth is being resurrected, albeit in a different form. "The Reserection of Penis Satan" is a digital glTF file that purportedly "allows Penis Satan to transcend space and time."
In a statement released today, the artist writes, “Penis Satan brought people together, talking about art. What more could you ask for in a world like ours? My art celebrates Satan, and NFTs are the next step in my mission.”
The Penis Satan NFT collection is available for sale starting Sept. 9, 2021, at midnight.
Anyone can bid on the digital artwork featured on OpenSea, an online marketplace for selling NFTs, rare digital items, and crypto collectibles.
The collection features a 3D replica of the original statue listed for 666 Ethereum ($2.6 million USD/$3.2 million CAD), along with other pieces of digital art including a provocative cartoon and ‘pixel’ version of Penis Satan.
You can follow Obsidian on Twitter and reach him on Telegram at: @LQDXXNC_obsidian
With files from John Kurucz.