Takashi Murakami Releases His First Collection of NFT Artwork

The notorious flowers enter the digital world.


It is near impossible to not know what Takashi Murakami’s flowers look like. The colorful smiling plants are common characters within the spheres art, fashion and music. The Japanese artist has now taken his notorious artwork to the digital world.

The last few months have seen the emergence of NFT artwork. After the success of Beeple’s (Mike Winklemann) Everyday - The First 5000 days selling at auction for $69 million, many artists have begun to sell their digital goods such as images, animations or videos online.

On Instagram, Takashi Murakami announced that he was releasing a collection of 24 x 24 pixel art of the artist’s signature flowers inspired by Nintendo. The inspiration for the release came from Murakami observing how his children interacted with the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In his post he explained, “they [his children] were watching firework displays within the game while talking with their school friends, who they could no longer meet in person, through Zoom, admiring how beautiful it was.”  

Murakami has worked with Yoshihisa Hashimoto, a prominent game designer known for directing the game Sonic Unleashed. The pair produced 108 variations of the pixel flower which signifies earthly desires in Buddhism. 

According to the collection’s description on online selling platform OpenSea, this new exploration into digital/VR art is an almost attempt by Murakami to create relevant art that could outlive him. 

Take a look at the collection on OpenSea.


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