A mural depicting Yellow Vest reminiscent of a famous French Revolution painting was spray-painted on a government building in Paris on January 7. Beyond paying tribute to the anti-government demonstrations, however, the art piece hides a US$1000 (€869) prize.
The mural by French artist Pascal Boyart, also known as P.Boy, in rue D'Aubervilliers, reinterprets the famous 19th century painting 'Liberty Leading the People' by Eugene Delacroix. It features the personification of Liberty marching with Yellow Vests surrounded by burning barricades, with the Arc de Triomphe in the distance, behind a cloud of tear gas.
The image also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the creation of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and hides a puzzle initially worth 0.26 Bitcoin, or US$1000, according to the artist.
"To solve the puzzle entirely, you must be physically in front of the mural," he tweeted. "Here's the public key: 1NqPwPp7hEXZ3Atj77Ue11xAEMmXqAX"
At the time of publishing, the puzzle has yet to be solved, but its value is creeping up as sponsors donate through crowdfunding.