Last week, the Mint Gold Dust Team came from all around the globe to celebrate NFT.NYC and the official launch of our online ecosystem (www.mintgolddust.com). This was the largest NFT conference to date, spanning 4 venues with 5,500+ attendees.
On Day 1 of the event, the team met at the iconic red steps in Times Square bright and early to witness the billboards display NFTs from creators in the community.
Kicking off the conference, Mint Gold Dust Founder and CEO Kelly LeValley Hunt emceed the morning speakers at the Palladium theatre after introducing the crowd to Mint Gold Dust’s thriving ecosystem. That morning’s speakers included Noah Davis from Christie’s, Angela Dalton, CEO & Founder of Signum Growth Capital, and Ronin The Collector.
The theatre erupted in surprise when Kelly welcomed surprise guest, Quentin Tarantino to the stage to debut his new NFT collection composed of select handwritten scenes from the original Pulp Fiction manuscript.
On the second day, Mint Gold Dust hosted the official NFT.NYC Happy Hour at the Edison Ballroom Rooftop in Times Square. The evening started out with live jazz from the Tony Guerrero Quintet, featuring singer TAWANDA. As the sun went down, DJ Matthew Law took the stage spinning a selection of old favorites and new hits. The emcee of the evening was former Miss Universe, Paulina Vega. She previously worked with the Mint Gold Dust team on a New York Fashion Week project where they created an AR representation of her strutting through the streets of Tribecca by Spring Studios.
Featured at the event was a presentation of Mint Gold Dust’s inaugural NFT exhibition, Genesis 8. For the Genesis 8 series, curator Eleonora Brizi asked 8 artists to express what Gold Dust is for them through the filter of their artistic vision, style, and techniques. The collection features exclusive works from Hackatao, Bard Ionson, Giant Swan, Gisel Florez, and more.
We also hosted a live vintage NFT auction featuring a unique selection of RAREPEPE NFTs, amongst other works. The highlight of the night was MetaKovan taking home a Series 1 RAREPEPE Nakamoto, “One of the most Rare Pepe’s in existence,” for $500,000. This piece, issued in 2016, pays homage to Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
To celebrate the end of a great week, the next day the NFT community flocked to Terminal 5 to check out Metapurse’s Dreamverse exhibition, featuring a digital installation of over 150 NFTs. After hours, Mint Gold Dust hosted the rooftop lounge at the official Dreamverse Party, featuring headliner Alesso and an interactive experiential display of Beeple’s famed EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS.
Also displayed were the works of Giant Swan, Hackatao, Josie Bellini, FEWOCiOUS, and more.
The event combined the best of art, music, and technology and was the perfect way to end such an inspiring week and celebrate the official launch of Mint Gold Dust. We are proud to announce at the end of the week, Mint Gold Dust had already transacted over $700,000 in the platform, and this is only the beginning.
See you at Art Basel in December!