Marguerite Driscoll, the Cryptogeek artist is back with yet another mind boggling cryptographic puzzle in a painting, where 4.87 bitcoins are hidden. At its current valuation, it roughly translates to $1,600 or Rs 1 lakh. The painting has been mouth watering and challenging enough for people to get obsessed with it.Driscoll published her third Bitcoin painting and described it as, “This painting is a #puzzle, there is 4.87 Bitcoin concealed by this image. Happy Easter Egg hunting.”
The Painting has already sent dozens of them into tizzy, Reddit AMA and the Bitcointalk thread prove the same. It is not about the prize money and it is all about being the part of the quest and solving it.
This picture is a third puzzle in a series called “The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto” (named after the pseudonym of Bitcoin’s creator). Driscoll is the project lead and she works with other team members including Rob Myers, an artist and programmer based out of Vancouver; Ruben Alexender, a Massachusetts based graphic designer; and Matt De Courcelle, North Carolina based nano-materials engineer.
VentureBeat reached out to Driscoll and when asked about her driving force she replied that the “project came out of her growing involvement with the Bitcoin movement”, Driscoll further added that she had learned about cryptography gradually and tried to understand Bitcoins in 2010.”
The solution to the puzzles, however, lies in different folds and it is extremely hard to unearth the solution. The previous puzzle in fact had a 32 pages explanation which explains how one could ideally solve the puzzle.
Bitcoin is a virtual currency launched in 2009 and is the only decentralized currency that was not controlled by a central monetary authority, instead it was managed by a P2P (peer to peer) computer network consisting of the users. In the initial days Bitcoin was valued at just around $20 and then it skyrocketed to $250, as of now the current value is shuttling between $130-$150. Bitcoin is a computer generated virtual currency which is deposited into virtual wallets.