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Danil Krivoruchko / Michael Joo / Snark.Art / 2021-2022

ORGANIC GROWTH:
CRYSTAL REEF

Long-term art project with unique mechanics bridging the gap between conventional and NFT art worlds that consists of 10301 generative 3D crystals created by Michael Joo, Danil Krivoruchko, and 6955 Etherium wallets.

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Mechanics

OG:CR Crystals were built around the 
Dynamic NFT concept. The project transformed static NFTs into a flourishing digital reefscape, where each unique individual piece of digital art grows every time it is re-sold during the collection Growth Period (Oct 14 - Dec 31 2021).

6955 Etherium wallets had participated in the growing process through more than 33k qualified blockchain transactions.

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The crystals started as basic "seeds" and then changed their shape every time they were sold, keeping all parts from the previous owners and adding a new part for every new owner. Each part of the crystal was generated using the owner’s wallet metadata (like wallet address, amount of NFTs in the wallet, amount of ETH, etc.).

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Every crystal visually represents the chain of ownership stored in the blockchain transaction history of each OG:CR NFT. So everyone who participated in minting and sales was helping to define the crystals' look — making owners of these wallets co-creators of the collection.

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The mix of possible traits for each crystal is fairly complex: there are 4 general types of crystals (Spiky, Fractal, Cluster, and Coral), 2 complexity variants, 5 basic colors with additional shades, several options for brightness and darkness, and 4 special materials (Obsidian, Gold, Quartz, and Pyrite).

Detailed information on the events that trigger specific changes and their probabilities can be found on GitHub.

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Collabs

The unique mechanics of the project allowed to create homage traits for BAYC, ArtBlocks, CryptoPunks, Ksoids, Meebits, Omnimorphs, and 89seconds NFT collections. If the owner's wallet contained one of the aforementioned NFTs, they had a chance of getting a piece of crystal with a particular look.

AR & 3D Assets

Optimized 3D assets were produced for each of 10301 crystals so one can use them for AR, VR, or any other 3D content creation needs. The uniqueness of this feature also lies in its direct availability on OpenSea - the AR button allows anyone to dive deep into AR straight from the OpenSea marketplace site.

You can try it out by scanning the code below with your phone camera to go directly into AR-mode.

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Posters

While the collection was evolving, posters with visualization of the collection stats were procedurally generated every week. An actual current image of each of the 10301 crystals was used during the process, making each poster a time-slice of the whole collection state at the moment.

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The Reef

The Crystal REEF is the final and most ambitious stage of the road map. This sculpture will aggregate all OG:Crystals from the entire collection and be shown in museums around the world. The implementation stages of this part of the roadmap are indeed complex, requiring iterative testing for printing as well as negotiations with the museums and institutions themselves. Michael Joo is already currently in negotiations. 

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Credits:

Concept: 
Generative and Digital Art:
Physical sculpture: 
Marketing and Development: 

Michael Joo & Danil Krivoruchko
Danil Krivoruchko
Michael Joo
Snark.Art

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