Terry Gilliam, director of such films as Brazil, 12 Monkeys, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is releasing his first-ever NFT – “Blessed Before Blast,” which is based on a surrealist print he’s had in his home for half a century.
Painted by Terry Gilliam, the print is a tribute to the American-born British director’s early career, when he was an illustrator and animator. Decrypt Studios is a partner in this project. (Disclosure. Decrypt Studios, the production company for NFT and Web 3, is a separate division from Decrypt’s editorial team and has no influence on our coverage).
“Blessed Before Blast” is based on the original animation of “Monty Python” Terry Gilliam’s days on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (a 1970s TV series) helped him become interested in surrealism of artists.
The NFT is a blockchain-based token used to prove ownership of digital items, such as artwork.Terry Gilliam’s NFT depicts an angel in space, standing atop a bomb that is meant to represent the Earth. In the animated NFT, the angel tries to fly away and escape the bomb that is about to explode, but fails.
According to the description on the Declassified Studios page, the theme of the NFT is “a visual representation of the tension the artist feels as we march towards a very different and less pleasant planet.” the physical print of the NFT was photographed and animated and is now up for auction.
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“I have an incredible collection of artwork that I’ve made over the years, most of which has never been seen outside of my home. I think NFT is a great way to share these pieces with the rest of the world,” Gilliam told us.
Gilliam happily declares that he has “no damn idea about the NFT space and whether it’s the future of art!” But he’s excited to dip his toe into the world of decentralized art.
“Blessed Before Blast” is being auctioned off to the highest bidder on OpenSea, the ethereum NFT marketplace. The auction went live on Monday afternoon and will be open for bids until November 29.
Gilliam is hardly the first director to release an NFT based on his creative work; Quentin Tarantino announced earlier this month that he would put uncut scenes from “Pulp Fiction” up for auction as NFTs, despite Miramax having sued him over the NFTs. And Kung Fury director David Sanberg released NFT characters inspired by the film on the Ether blockchain last month.