- Innovative data art NFT project Winds of Yawanawa sees $3.9 million in sales despite the crypto bear market.
- Collaborative collection uses real-time rainforest data to create evolving generative art.
- Provides contrast to declining interest in status-oriented PFP collections that dominated the 2021 market.
Amid the ongoing crypto bear market, a new NFT collection dubbed “Winds of Yawanawa” has generated over $3.9 million in sales in just one week.
The digital art series is a collaboration between the Brazilian indigenous community of Yawanawa and artist Refik Anadol. It utilizes weather data from the Amazon village to create evolving and mesmerizing data paintings.
This interest offers a lone bright spot in a depressed NFT market where volumes have plunged 90% since 2021’s hype around basic PFP collections like Bored Apes.
Winds of Yawanaw accounted for 25% of all Ethereum volume
On Sunday, Winds of Yawanawa accounted for 25% of all Ethereum volume on leading NFT marketplace OpenSea, per one analyst. This signals a potential shift from status-oriented profile picture projects toward more ambitious artistic works with blockchain integration.
Unlike static images, the Winds of Yawanawa pieces visually transform by harnessing wind, temperature, and other real-time rainforest data. They blend traditional shapes and colors with data pigmentation.
While the floor price sits around $18,300, one high-end NFT from the set sold this week for $26,000. The innovative incorporation of environmental data into generative art is attracting patronage even during the bear market.
As crypto winter persists, projects like Winds of Yawanawa may represent the next iteration of NFTs, focused on technical creativity versus superficial social status or branding. The early sales success illustrates demand for digital artworks exhibiting true uniqueness and dynamism.