Jim Carrey is the newest movie star to get sucked into the non-fungible token craze with the acquisition of digital artwork piece that has direct ties to the Soviet Union.
Outbidding others, Carrey, 60, paid 20.0Ξ — which equates to $39,535 — for an NFT titled “Devotion.” The work is one of “The Wild Within” collection (which consists of 13 NFTs in complete) by artists Ryan Koopmans and Alice Wexell, who seize abandoned buildings from the USSR.
The picture reveals a dilapidated Soviet-era sanatorium in Georgia — particularly, the once-famed Tskaltubo resort, which was a preferred well being vacation spot recognized for its therapeutic waters.
“This one stops me. James Joyce said that’s a good thing. Thank you @ryankoopmans for gently capturing nature’s exquisite and relentless reinvention. BTW you’re my first NFT,” Carrey revealed in a Twitter post.
The Canadian-Dutch artist Koopmans advised The Post of his pleasure to be taught that Carrey was the one which bought his piece.
“It is very exciting to learn that Jim Carrey was the collector, as I greatly respect him as a multidisciplinary artist!” Koopmans stated. “Jim Carrey is an awesome painter, illustrator and artist in his own right. It’s fun that someone who champions creativity, positivity and mindfulness connected with the work that Alice and I created over several years and is therefore very close to my heart.”
As for the previous resort, in keeping with the outline of the piece, “between the 1940s to 1980s thousands of people visited, including Stalin and his high-ranking officials from Moscow. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the buildings were deserted and fell into disrepair.”
Since the early Nineties, the buildings have been slowly dismantled and stripped of their priceless supplies, leaving empty shells of what have been as soon as grandiose classical buildings.
Over the final a number of years, Koopmans visited the area photographing the ruins. With Wexell, they took these images, and digitally remodeled them into a piece of artwork by manipulating the lighting and structure, including sound by Erik Thome, and animating the scenes with the intention of reviving the empty areas.
The aim, in keeping with the Koopmans was “essentially bringing life back into the rooms.”
Shortly after buying his first NFT, the Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated comic bought one other NFT titled “Nuclear Taco Trucks.”