The Human Race Project – NFTs

the human race project - vrushal kapadnis

With my belief getting stronger around Web3 projects, I am working on creating a collection of art dedicated to humans.

I am calling it, “The Human Race Project”.

What is The Human Race Project?

Simple, this is the art collection if an aliens observes, she will be able to understand the human race.

The collection will have digital art pieces uniquely owned by me with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain.

The collection will have unique art pieces, explaining the current state, history and the definition of humans. Sometimes answering a few questions on human achievements and behaviours.

Going further, let me address a few things.

What is Art?

I believe, everyone is an artist/creator. The form and the medium might be different, but we all are artists and/or creators.

Art is made up of two things, Skill & Ideas (Thoughts or Stories).

You can call these thoughts, ideas or even stories.

You can take any artists, and observe that their art is made up of their stories/ideas and skills to create that art form.

A painter paints his ideas/stories using his brush skills. A rapper writes his ideas in a poem and use his flow skills to create a rap song out of it. A movie director creates amazing stories using his direction skills. An actor portrays a character using his acting skills. And so forth….

Now skill is a monotonous practise and the thoughts/ideas is deep work. Usually these artists master their skills very early and then use them to showcase their ideas to the world.

But what sets the legends apart from other artists is the ideas (or thoughts or stories)

The ideas can be their life experiences or their observation. But the ideas are rare and like specific knowledge. (Naval says, Specific Knowledge is found much more by pursuing innate talents, genuine curiosity… )

Art is skills and Ideas

But what does this has to do with your project?

Let me explain this to you.

As explained earlier, creating digital art requires two things, graphic designing skills & ideas. I have ideas but I am a terrible graphic designer. So I am taking help of many other designers, who will lend me their graphic designing skills to put my ideas together in a digital art.

What is NFT?

Now the next question is, what is NFT? and why the project is gonna be an NFT rather than an art exhibition?

NFT stands for non-fungible token. Non-fungible is an economic term that you could use to describe things like your furniture, a song file, or your computer. These things are not interchangeable for other items because they have unique properties.

In economics, a fungible asset is something with units that can be readily interchanged – like money.

With money, you can swap a $10 note for two $5 notes and it will have the same value.

However, if something is non-fungible, this is impossible – it means it has unique properties so it can’t be interchanged with something else.

It could be a house, or a painting such as the Mona Lisa, which is one of a kind. You can take a photo of the painting or buy a print but there will only ever be one original painting.

NFTs are “one-of-a-kind” assets in the digital world that can be bought and sold like any other piece of property, but which have no tangible form of their own.

The digital tokens can be thought of as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets. Source

Why The Human Race Project is going to be an NFT?

Everyone knows who created Mona Lisa but who created, The portrait of Isabella de’Medici? No one knows. And no one would know if there are any of these portraits that could imply something for the world.

Well in the 21st century, the blockchain allows me to keep my art decentralised and I want it to be. Keeping the collection on the ethereum blockchain gives me following advantages

  • My art collection can’t be copied (ownership of the art).
  • No one can take my art down.
  • Keeps the creators known to the world.
  • Helps me sell easily. (If I decide to do so in future)
  • Keep my collection intact with the singular pieces.
  • Helps me tell the complete story.

The art collection is still under creation, a few pieces have been published on OpenSea. You can check them here.

I will explain all the art pieces briefly in detail in the following section

  1. Past & Future

This piece depicts the past and future of humans in one pic. Humans were Ape before and will soon be travelling planets in those white helmets. This piece is a tribute to the evolution of human race and gratitude towards every human who contributed

2. Meaning of Life

It shows a few humans trying to understand the meaning of their life calculated by a computer. Which their ancestors employed to find. The quest to find the meaning of life comes down to ‘nothing’, similar to the real meaning of a human life.