Metropolis #528
“The diptych created between Metropolis #7 and #528 express one of the aesthetic directions I was trying to go when writing the NYC algorithm. My first time visiting New York was only two years ago for NFT NYC 2021. I arrived on a red eye flight and had a couple hours to kill in the early morning before I could check in to my hotel. After dropping off my luggage, I went for a walk. I looped around midtown, up to 106th Street, through the park, and down the west side of Manhattan until I got back to Chelsea. It was late autumn and super beautiful everywhere, especially romantic as it was my first time seeing the city.

One panorama in particular stood out to me though: emerging from the jungle of tall buildings at the southeastern corner of the park, near 59th St. and 5th Ave. The stark difference between the low elevation greenery of the park and the towering facades of midtown skyscrapers was shocking. It almost felt like coming out of a canyon or something after a long hike. The concise, straight edge between nature and civilization was impressive and something I will always remember. When I sat down to write every sub-algorithm of Metropolis, I wanted to capture some sense of my previous experience in each city, so this memory, that of tall buildings ending abruptly at vacant expanses, became my starting point for the NYC trait.

#7 and #528 represent this quite well, and even create a corner of sorts that could very well be the intersection I walked through when I first emerged from the city that day.”
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7 | 528
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Metropolis is a long-form generative art collection exploring the node-based systems that enable and possess modern society. These literal and theoretical systems are critical to computing, blockchains, logistics, and most apparently, the formation and function of cities. The project will be extended beyond online distribution via individual exhibitions at the five Bright Moments gallery locations around the world. The five primary traits – New York City, Berlin, London, Mexico City, and Los Angeles – stylistically represent their respective city. MECHANIC INFORMATION: - While Metropolis has a total count of up to 1000 mints, only the first 500 will be made available for sale. - These first 500 editions will come with the ability to mint a second piece for free. - This second mint will be unique, but visually related to the first—creating a diptych between the two. - To claim a second mint, the owner must generate a QR code via the Bright Moments portal and take it to the Bright Moments gallery in the city dictated by its respective city trait on the date of the city's exhibition. - Delegate minting of the second piece is possible. If the owner is unable to attend a show physically, they can arrange for another person to redeem. - Redeeming after the city's exhibition will not be allowed.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:- The style of Metropolis is heavily influence by cubism and abstract expressionism. - Technically, the project is an attempt to emulate painting photorealistically within an on-chain algorithm. - Metropolis is a demanding program and modern hardware is necessary to view the live generator. Viewing the project on mobile and low-power computers will result in a lower resolution image. CONTROLS: - Pressing the "C" key within the live generator will capture an image. - Pressing the "4" key within the live generator will reload the piece in 4K resolution (HARDWARE INTENSIVE).