Why Trevor Jones releases a new NFT from a Scottish castle

Scottish-Canadian artist Trevor Jones, creator of the hugely successful open edition NFT, bitcoin angel (2021), is hosting a Crypto Ball at Stirling Castle in Scotland this summer.

The castle party, due to take place on July 30, is an exclusive event for the hodlers (crypto language for “holders”) of Jones’s NFT, which he based on Gian Lorenzo Bernini Ecstasy of Saint Therese (1652). It depicts an angel driving an arrow through Teresa’s heart, against a gold Bitcoin token.

In February 2021, Jones Position which was then a record for the most expensive open-edition NFT ever when Nifty Gateway sold 4,157 editions of bitcoin angel at $777 each in just over seven minutes.

For the party, Jones has booked a carousel of entertainment, including superstar DJ Don Diablo, Dusty the Magician, and even a confessional booth where Jones asks visitors to confess to their “crypto crimes.”

“Maybe you made reckless investments when you got caught up in the FOMO of the moment,” Jones told Artnet News. “Perhaps you have lost your temper when the value of a solid asset briefly dips. Or maybe you jumped into the latest dodgy PFP project because someone on Twitter told you so.

“None of us are perfect in the crypto world, but there are sins we just don’t like to admit in public. At the Castle Party, we’re giving you the chance to forgive your crypto -crimes.

Painting by Trevor Jones.

Jones’ story is remarkable in the crypto space. After a tumultuous exit from western Canada, he moved to Edinburgh where he worked as a waiter at a Hard Rock Cafe. Then aAfter ending a relationship and falling into depression, he found his way to art school. In 2021, his Bitcoin Angel viral image launched it to crypto glory.

Now, Jones is known around the world for taking famous pieces from art history and adding a touch of crypto. another piece, Bitcoin Bull (2020), was inspired by picassowith Jones by adding contemporary icons including Bitcoin and Twitter logos. This coin was sold to crypto collector Pablo Rodriguez-Frail for $55,555.55.

“I studied art history and fine art, so when I came out of school I was very connected to the past,” Jones said.. “But at the same time I started painting QR codes on my paintings around 2012 or 2013… I think the crypto community, although often over-promising and under-delivered when it comes to things like PFP, actually gave my job and a new meaning to life.

Stirling Castle. Photo by Julien Scavini.

Guests of the Castle Party, which is now sold out, will have access to a unique NFT that will be made available only during the event.

Since it was built on the misty hills of Scotland, Stirling Castle has been the scene of many significant historical events. From William Wallace and Robert the Bruce recapturing the castle from invading English armies during the 14th Century Wars of Scottish Independence, to the Jacobite Risings of the 18th Century, the castle has played a pivotal role in the history of this tenacious island nation.

“The idea for the castle party originated on Twitter,” Jones said. “I started thinking about what to do next, and someone replied to one of my tweets and said you guys should throw a party at the castle.”

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