The community commemorates the Merge by releasing ETH-inspired art and music.
As the Merge successfully converted the Ethereum network to proof-of-stake (PoS), the Ethereum community celebrated by releasing artwork and music inspired by Ethereum. Beeple, the creator of one of the most expensive NFTs ever sold, celebrated the Ethereum Merge by publishing an illustration depicting a massive Ethereum logo that appeared to slowly form, aided by what appear to be scientists. Another community member influenced by street art and illustration created a moving artwork with a static visual effect over two Ether (ETH) logos. The creator added a sense of celebration to the artwork by writing, “the time has come.”
Meanwhile, an NFT collection titled I Survived the Merge featured cute saplings saying amusing phrases such as “the Merge was my idea” or “Merge Deez.” Earlier this month, the ETH Pandas collection released NFTs of various artworks featuring the Panda, the animal chosen by the community to represent the Merge. Aside from paintings, a community member decided to add nostalgia to the mix by making a music video for a Merge-inspired song. Through a song, musician Jonathan Mann told the story of Ethereum. Mann celebrated the Merge with lyrics like “though the road was long, we carried on” and “carbon footprint is all gone.”
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin tweeted a message thanking everyone who contributed to the Merge’s success. In his greeting to the community, Buterin stated that the Merge is a monumental moment for the Ethereum ecosystem and that the community should be proud on this day. In June, community members hyped the Ropsten testnet merge, a prerequisite for today’s Merge. Mann also released a song at the time that expressed his joy, with lyrics like “ETH to the moon!”