Pascal Boyart is a crypto-enthusiast and street artist from France known for his politicized murals painted on buildings. With an aim to celebrate and spread the word of cryptocurrency, Boyart hides a private key in his artwork to the wallet holding the prize. Those who manage to find the key and put in the correct order win a prize. He also includes a QR code with the seed words in the painting. The QR code has a public key to a separate wallet. Here fans of his work can send him donations via cryptocurrency. And recently, he received his largest donation to date. In his post on Reddit, Boyart mentioned that help had received a full Bitcoin, worth more than $4,000, by an anonymous tipper.
#StreetArt treasure hunt in Paris with a #Bitcoin puzzle
For the 10th birthday of the genesis block, I painted this frescoe in Paris with a 0,26btc ($1000) puzzle in it.
Here's the public key: 1NqPwPp7hEXZ3Atj77Ue11xAEMmXqAXwrQ Thanks to @alistairmilne for sponsoring this 🙏 pic.twitter.com/F7aIkxmp6t
— Pascal Boyart (@pascalboyart) January 7, 2019
Pascal Boyart wrote on his Reddit account,
“Yesterday I received one bitcoin on my street art QR codes donation address! After one year and three frescoes in Paris: 1.14 BTC received + 5 BCH and 1.5 LTC in total! Thanks to the crypto community for your generosity, this space is full of surprises…Can’t wait to do more murals to spread crypto!”
Pascal Boyart’s most recent work is titled “Liberté Guidant le Peuple” or “Freedom Guiding the People.” It had a hidden prize of 0.26 BTC, worth around $1,040. The painting depicted the Yellow Vest protest movement who are opposed to various policies of France’s President Macron. After finishing the work in early January, the artist tweeted a public key and asked fans to work out the private key – 12 recovery words to access the .26 Bitcoin. Within a week someone had solved the puzzle and accessed the wallet. This bitcoin prize of 0.26 BTC was sponsored by Alistair Milne, a “certified bitcoin professional” on his personal blog.