Niclas Castello’s $11.7M Golden Dice Unveiled In Central Park

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The Castello CUBE in Central Park, New York.
Picture: Sandra Mika

For in the future solely on Wednesday (2 February ), German artist Niclas Castello’s “The Castello CUBE” was positioned in Central Park, New York.

The 24-karat, 999.9 pure gold dice wheeled out within the park is estimated to be price round US$11.7 million. In keeping with the artist’s workforce, the dice shouldn’t be on the market.

Previous to the official day, Castello teased the general public with the precise coordinates of the placement on black vans that drove round Instances Sq..

Measuring over a foot and a half on all sides, “The Castello CUBE” is hole with a wall thickness of 1 / 4 inch. It was solid at Artwork Foundry H. Rüetschi in Switzerland with a particular handmade kiln on account of its measurement and quantity. Excessive temperatures of as much as 1100 levels Celsius have been required to soften the gold.

Definitely attention-grabbing and laborious to overlook, the 410-pound work was guarded closely with a safety unit. In keeping with Artnet Information, Castello mentioned the concept was to “create one thing that’s past our world — that’s intangible”, and referred to it as a conceptual piece in all its sides. 

Niclas Castello and his team setting up the gold cube in Central Park.
Picture: Sandra Mika

Together with the set up, the 43-year-old artist had additionally launched The Castello Coin. The cryptocurrency is traded as $CAST and obtainable for buy on-line. The Coin will act as a bridge between conventional and new — amid the worlds of finance, funding, cryptocurrencies, and the digital age. An upcoming NFT public sale is scheduled for 21 February 2022. 

The modern artist was born in 1978 in East Germany and presently resides between New York and Switzerland. Castello was influenced by the autumn of the Berlin Wall, which directed his focus to the world of Pop Artwork and the Neo-Expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat. A number of of his works incorporate cube-inspired constructions as effectively.

Broadly recognized for his illustrious and critically acclaimed work of “Dice-Portray-Sculpture” in 2016, Castello usually presents items that proceed Andy Warhol’s views. Within the German artist’s physique of works, he usually conveys robust messages on the patron world and its relationship to artwork and society. 

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