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10 May 2021

Running Bitcoin: A Sculpture Celebrating Hal Finney’s 65th Birthday

Running Bitcoin: A Sculpture Celebrating Hal Finney’s 65th Birthday


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I think I was the first person besides Satoshi to run bitcoin.” We know that Hal was doing this also due to his now-famous tweet which simply states, “Running bitcoin.” This sculpture was directly inspired by that tweet.

Hal wore the number 415 in his final race and that number is carried on in this sculpture.

On January 11, 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto (the creator of Bitcoin) made the first person-to-person bitcoin transaction — he sent 10 bitcoins to Hal Finney as a test.

That first transaction is forever saved on the blockchain, and the first eight characters of that transaction hash (f4184fc5) are incorporated into this sculpture.

Those eight characters also share the digits four, one and five with Hal’s race number.

The wood was oiled first and then painted with oil paints that were cut with more oil to allow the wood grain to be seen.

Half of the sale price from this art auction will go to The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

The “About” section of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter states, “The Golden West Chapter supports people living with ALS, and their loved ones, in 31 counties throughout California and the state of Hawaii.

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