A designer is baffling the art world with pieces containing hidden QR CODE messages.
The anonymous artist – dubbed Satushi – began the mysterious project earlier this year with an email to die-hard bit coin enthusiasts on the Isle of Mann.
Satushi proposed the concept of incorporating the QR codes into pieces of art and developing a community of ‘CrypArtists’.
The group have now launched a website where pieces of the art sell for between £100 and £500.
A spokesman said: ‘The CrypArt ‘protocol’ was designed on the Egyptian pyramids- beautiful on the outside, with treasures that remained hidden for thousands of years, buried deep inside.’
One of the limited edition designs by Satushi features a QR code that is also a bitcoin wallet. Effectively the picture links the owner to a bitcoin wallet which can ‘store’ bitcoins and the QR code embedded in the picture can be sent bitcoins and can be scanned to read the value within the bitcoin wallet.
Another picture by Crypsi called ‘Canary Wars’ depicts London’s financial district being destroyed with a bitcoin public key QR code placed in the background.
The prints are available with a blank space and come with full instructions and sticker to allow customers to generate and apply their own QR codes including instructions on how to generate bitcoin wallet offline.