Gannett launches non-fungible tokens in collaboration with American artist Peter Tunney
MCLEAN, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –UNITED STATES NETWORK TODAY, part of Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), announced that it will auction Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in collaboration with a leading contemporary American artist Peter Tunney, who created signature collages, titled “FREETITUDE” and “LIBERTY” using original pages from newspapers owned by Gannett. The highest bidder of the NFT “LIBERTY” will also receive the original painting created exclusively for Gannett by Peter Tunney. The auction will be hosted on OpenSea, NFT’s first and largest marketplace. This is Gannett’s second NFT auction after its first First newspaper delivered to the moon collection which was auctioned in June.
Peter Tunney is a legendary artist who has lit the world with his colorful stories and unique lifestyle. Known for his innovative use of mixed media, the work of Peter Tunney evokes timely emotions of hope, gratitude and inspiration. His pieces can be seen from the streets of New York where dozens of ubiquitous billboards lit the skyline for more than a decade to the walls of Wynwood in Miami. In 2010, Peter opened the Peter Tunney Experience gallery, becoming the first tenant of the now famous colorful walls that pay homage to graffiti and street art. His work is widely appreciated around the world and is owned by people ranging from serious art collectors to well-known celebrities.
Gannett and Tunney Collaboration Celebrates Giving Season with Profits Also Benefiting The Sunny Center to help those who have suffered the injustice of a wrongful conviction and the Gannett Foundation which supports community development initiatives across the country.
The Gannett and Peter Tunney NFT Collection includes the following:
- NFT âFREEâ: The Attitude of Gratitude, an original 4’x6 ‘Peter Tunney painting will be minted in 500 limited edition non-fungible tokens at $ 250 each. Accessible NFTs will have a unique ID to sell until all Limited Edition parts are purchased. A rendering of the original work will also be distributed through the USA TODAY NETWORK as a special keepsake insert for readers as a holiday gift.
- “LIBERTY” NFT and original artwork: A non-fungible animated token of the original 5ft x 6ft LIBERTY painting by Peter Tunney created exclusively with Gannett content will have a minimum starting bid of $ 50,000, with the winner receiving both the unique NFT and the artwork. ‘art.
“We are delighted to launch our second NFT collection in partnership with the incredibly talented Peter Tunney whose works inspire and uplift – just as Gannett seeks to do through storytelling and emerging technologies,” said Kris Barton, Head of product, Gannett | UNITED STATES NETWORK TODAY. âWe are committed to providing innovative and diverse offers to our valued readers and interested audiences. ”
“It’s exciting to see our newspapers come to life in such a unique way to support the Sunny Center and the Gannett Foundation through our use of technology to raise awareness of our work and new ways to engage our audiences,” said Maribel Perez Wadsworth, President of USA TODAY NETWORK and publisher of USA TODAY. âLeveraging a national network of over 4,000 journalists to pursue insightful, impactful and relevant journalism – including important topics such as criminal justice – is essential to helping the communities we serve to thrive. As we celebrate this holiday season, giving our readers the opportunity to experience Peter’s work in a meaningful way is a small token of our sincere appreciation for their support.
“I am both delighted and honored to work with Gannett on this special project to raise awareness about the pandemic among those who suffer injustice and wrongful incarceration,” said Peter Tunney. “The holiday season is an important time for us to strengthen our gratitude and value the freedom that has been denied to those who are innocent.”
âThe mission of the Sunny Center Foundation is to help those affected by the injustice of a wrongful conviction by providing them with a place to heal,â said Sunny Jacobs, founder of the Sunny Center. âWe are honored to be one of the product recipients of Peter Tunney’s Powerful Artwork Converted to NFT. Using the technology and reach of the USA TODAY NETWORK to highlight the importance of criminal justice reform means a lot to us and we are very grateful.
The limited edition âFREETITUDEâ NFT minted will be available for sale today via OpenSea at usatoday.com/nft. NFT auction for “LIBERTY” begins Monday, November 29 at 9 a.m.ET usatoday.com/nft Wednesday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Gannett will offset NFT’s carbon footprint with carbon credits. For more details and the terms and conditions of the auction visit usatoday.com/nft.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-focused, digital media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With unparalleled reach nationally and locally, Gannett touches the lives of millions of people with our Pulitzer Prize-winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 46 US states, and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the UK with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns the digital marketing services companies ReachLocal, Inc., UpCurve, Inc. and WordStream, Inc., which are marketed under the LOCALiQ brand, and operates the largest media-owned events business in the United States, USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures. To join us, visit www.gannett.com.
ABOUT THE UNITED STATES TODAY
Founded in 1982, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation, serving as the host of the American conversation by providing high-quality, engaging content through unique visual storytelling across all platforms. A media innovator, USA TODAY reaches over 90 million unique visitors each month on digital platforms, with over 25 million downloads of our award-winning app. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). To find out more visit: www.usatoday.com.
ABOUT THE GANNETT FOUNDATION
The Gannett Foundation supports communities across the country and invests in community development initiatives that have a positive impact on the neighborhoods we share. In addition, the Foundation supports the development of diversity in the field of journalism, invests in issues important to our employees and provides opportunities and a national platform for consumers to raise community ideas and solutions to support services to people. historically underserved groups. We are one community with our consumers, business partners and employees, together building a better future. Learn more about https://gannettfoundation.org/.
ABOUT PETER TUNNEY
Peter Tunney is a legitimate force of nature with boundless creative energy, spreading his positive messages in unconventional ways and delivering works of art to a collector base around the world. He creates in almost all mediums: painting, collage, wood, photography, found objects and discarded materials. His non-traditional life, his cache of extraordinary experiences and his countless wild adventures form the foundation of his work. Tunney is more than a visual artist and a businessman. He believes in humanity and in the good that results from countless little acts of kindness. Over the years, Tunney has expended unremitting human energy and donated countless works of art to deserving organizations. His main philanthropic efforts are devoted to criminal justice reform, supporting those wrongly convicted and ending the stigma of mental illness. For more information visit: https://petertunneyart.com/.
ABOUT THE SUNNY CENTER
The Sunny Center Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps people who have suffered the injustice of a wrongful conviction, providing support after they have been exonerated and released from prison. The organization was created by Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, both on death row for crimes they did not commit. Sunny was released in 1992 after spending 17 years in Florida, and Peter in Ireland in 1995 after 15 years in prison. The foundation uses a unique holistic approach encompassing physical, mental and spiritual healing and ongoing support to The Sunny Healing Retreat Center in Ireland and the Sunny Living Center, a housing complex in Tampa, Florida, for exempt individuals. To find out more visit https://sunnycenter.org/.
Founded in 2017, OpenSea is the world’s first and largest peer-to-peer marketplace for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). OpenSea supports multiple blockchains, with the broadest set of categories for new emerging asset classes, which include digital collectibles, game items, and other virtual goods. For more information, visit, https://opensea.io.