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Embryonic is an installation of 4242 generative works, constructed and stored entirely on-chain, as infinitely scalable vector graphics on Ethereum.

Each piece represents an embryo-like formation exploiting the feTurbulence SVG filter through its seed and base frequency attributes. The randomly generated input is referred to as the zygote whose frequency is measured in hertz (Hz).

Fully On-Chain

Embryos are generated by a smart contract as part of each minting transaction and have varying rarities, with zygotes ranging from 1 to 9999 at frequencies of 2 to 5 Hz. The artworks are stored within each token’s metadata as a base64 encoded data URI, with the metadata itself also stored within the NFT in the same way.

Everything required to retrieve the metadata and image for each NFT can be queried from the Token URI directly from the smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain using the read functionality on Etherscan and other block explorers.


It’s important that these embryonic creations live on for as long as Ethereum with no external dependency on other infrastructures such as IPFS hosting.

The contract is open source and verified on Etherscan, and the collection is live on secondary marketplaces such as ZORA and OpenSea.

Minting is open at embryonic.me now.

Arthur Hausen

Arthur Hausen

Arthur is a multidisciplinary creative, forward thinking technologist, and lifelong participant in the arts. His background in distributed power systems and eventually marketing strategy, have positioned him well to appreciate the intersection of creator economies and the metaverse. As an inquisitive data junkie and seasoned blockchain explorer, he keeps a finger on the pulse of Ethereum, web3, decentralised hosting, and emerging non-fungible token standards.