On May 28 2016, exactly five years ago, events transpired that shook the meme world to its core. A gorilla, by the name of Harambe was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo. Now that gorilla is set to be immortalised as an NFT.
The response to the shooting was overwhelming, with many of the world’s woes that have transpired since, being attributed to that one fateful moment. At the time, an outpouring of grief was expressed in the medium of choice, the Meme.
The backlash immediately following Harambe’s death saw petitions calling for his face to be printed on dollar bills and carved into Mount Rushmore. Now, with technology having advanced further, he is being immortalised as an NFT.
Official photographer to the Cincinnati apes, Jeff McCurry, took thousands of pictures of Harambe over a period of 14 Months. The image that stays with him however, is a photograph he took on the day they first met, the day Harambe arrived at the zoo. This image has now been minted as an NFT and is destined for auction.
The auction commenced at 1pm (PST) May 28, and is currently underway on the Foundation marketplace. A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping apes in captivity.
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