First Magic Art NFT Surfaces Then Taken Down

Artist waiting on WotC’s stance on NFTs before putting piece back up for auction.

Island, illustrated by Kirsten Zirngibl

Artist Kirsten Zirngibl de-listed the digital original of an Island from War of the Spark from Foundation today, waiting to hear from Wizards of the Coast (WotC) on their policy on NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens).

Zirngibl claimed to be the first artist to mint a digital edition of a piece of Magic art, posting the digital original on Foundation, a website described as a creative playground for artists, curators, and collectors to experience the new creative economy. Similar to sports highlight NFTs that are purchased with various forms of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Foundation auctions art for Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum platform, which is a decentralized, open-sourced blockchain.

After making the tweet on Monday, Zirngibl tweeted today that she was taking down the piece until WotC makes their stance on NFTs official.

Zirngibl is known from her work on Magic cards like Ghirapur Orrery, Inspiring Statuary, Izzet Guildgate (Guilds of Ravnica), Raugrin Crystal, Mana Vault (Kaladesh Invention), and the above mentioned Island from War of the Spark.