I don’t know if this is art or not, but it’s definitely not a worthless piece of junk: Someone plopped a 410-pound block of PURE GOLD down in the middle of Central Park this week, and called it an art installation. It’s a perfect cube, over a foot-and-a-half on all sides. But it’s not actually a solid block. The walls are about a quarter-inch thick.
A German artist named Niclas Castello is behind it, and it’s not for sale. But the gold itself is worth $11.7 million. So a security team guarded it the whole time it was there on Wednesday. It was a one-day only thing.
It’s not clear what he plans to do with it now, but he also launched a cryptocurrency around it called CAST, and there’s some sort of NFT auction going on later this month. One art expert said it’s supposed to be a commentary on the evolution of money.
She described the cube as, quote, “a sort of communiqué between an emerging 21st-century cultural ecosystem based on crypto, and the ancient world where gold reigned supreme.”