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What Is POAP.art?

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Prerequisites

Overview

What is POAP.art?

POAP.art first canvas from the Berlin Upgrade Party

POAP.art is the newest experiment by POAP that sits at the intersection of art and technology. POAP.art is an interactive digital canvas that allows artists of all skill levels to collaborate with one another, make original pieces of pixel art, and mint them as an NFT; effectively cementing your art digitally on the blockchain forever.

The world debut of POAP.art was on April 15th, 2021 during the Berlin Upgrade Party hosted by the ETHStaker Community. This event had 226 individual artists collaborating and placing over 63,000 pixels on the canvas over a period of only 70 minutes. At the end of the call, the canvas was minted as an NFT and put up for auction.

POAP.art Walkthrough 

How Do I Access POAP.art?

Currently, POAP.art has a public canvas open for everyone to participate at sandbox.poap.art. It’s worth noting that POAP.art is currently in a BETA version, new features and bug fixes are being deployed frequently. 

Like other tools developed by POAP like POAP.fun and POAP.vote, POAP.art requires the use of an eligible POAP to access the platform. Though the canvas is open to the public, it still requires an eligible POAP (or POAPs) to gain access to and interact with the canvas. This illustrates the power of POAP and the importance of growing your collection.

POAP.art Sandbox POAP
POAP.art Sandbox POAP

Luckily, there is a public POAP-claim process that you can use to obtain an eligible POAP and access the canvas. To claim yours, join the POAP.art Discord Server and search for “POAP-Bot”. Send a direct message to this bot the code-word “week17”, and you will receive a URL to claim your eligible POAP to access the canvas.

How Do I Paint On The Canvas?

Placing pixels on the POAP.art canvas

Now that you have the eligible POAP provided by the POAP-Bot, let’s access the POAP.art public canvas at sandbox.poap.art. In the upper right corner, you’ll see a button to “Connect Wallet”. Click on that button and connect to the same wallet address you used to receive your eligible POAP. 

Once you have connected your wallet, you will see a dialog box in the upper left corner. Simply click “sign and participate” and you’ll be prompted to sign a message via MetaMask. Click “Sign”.

After you have signed the message you will notice a color palette in the lower right hand corner. Select a color and begin coloring in pixels!

What Are Some Fun Tips?

How to zoom in on the canvas

These POAP.art canvases can be incredibly large; the current public canvas is massive at 4096×4096 pixels. Depending on the scale and complexity of the image you’re trying to produce, scrolling in and out can quickly become tedious. To avoid this, you simply click the canvas once you will automatically zoom into the canvas grid.

If you’re collaborating with others on a large piece or working on a piece that requires a lot of precision, it’s helpful to note that your exact canvas coordinates are displayed in the URL. If you right-click on any pixel that has been colored, it will display the exact pixel coordinates, the wallet owner who placed the pixel, color code, and date/time when it was placed.

How to see where you are located on canvas

POAP.art Troubleshooting 

I can’t seem to claim the POAP from the POAP-Bot, Now What?

Changing Discord settings

There are times when interacting with the POAP-Bot won’t function as expected. There could be a number of reasons for this, but the majority of the time, this is due to an individual users’ settings not allowing Direct Messages from Bots. To resolve this, go into your Discord Settings > Privacy & Safety and enable “Allow direct messages from server members”. 

Once you have this setting enabled, try requesting a POAP again by privately messaging the POAP-Bot (Not ‘@’-ing the bot) with the code-word “week17” and you should now see a claim URL to gain access to the public canvas. 

I Can’t Access Using My Hardware Wallet, Now What?

This is a common and known issue. The short answer is POAP is not currently compatible with hardware-connected signing via MetaMask, but this is on the agenda to be resolved. For the time being, you must have the eligible POAP on a non-hardware enabled MetaMask account. 

To resolve this issue, you’ll need to transfer your POAP from your hardware wallet onto a fresh MetaMask account. You can do this by using http://unftwallet.xyz.

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Michael Giesen (unvetica.eth) is one of the ETHStaker Core Moderators. He's the owner & lead engineer at Unvetica.com and is responsible for developing and maintaining ethstaker.cc and ethereumstudymaster.com.
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