Their creation, a gift for the wonderful gymnast Nadia Comăneci, represents the first NFT necklace tribute to a great athlete of the world. A world premiere. The virtual necklace was presented during Romanian Creative Week, the most important event dedicated to the Romanian creative industries, organized in Iași between June 2-6, 2021. The soundtrack of the NFT belongs to the composer Călin Țopa.
The NFT necklace, made of ten pieces, symbolizes that "Perfect 10" of Nadia in 1976 Montreal. Each piece of the necklace takes the three-dimensional shape of the movements on the balance beam, on the uneven bars, on the floor, and on the vault, with which Nadia Comăneci conquered, 45 years ago, the jury of the Summer Olympic Games.
The ten movements, some named "Comăneci", were chosen by Nadia herself together with the four Romanian creatives – Irina Schrotter, Vlad Țenu, Andrei Cozlac and Andrei Dănilă - from the exercises that brought the gymnast seven scores of ten.
The virtual jewel, impossible to copy, its originality being guaranteed by the new NFT certification, was given to Nadia Comăneci on Thursday, June 3, 2021, as a sign of appreciation for her almost half of the century ago performance.
The unique gift offered to Nadia Comăneci is also a gift for the "Goddess of Montreal" fans. The four Romanian creatives also made six replicas of the homage necklace, which, together with the jewel given to the sportswoman-emblem of the world gymnastics, symbolizes that string of seven "Perfect Ten".
The necklace can be collected, in pieces or in its entirety, by Nadia's fans. It will be listed on the OpenSea.io marketplace, starting July 18, 2021, the anniversary of the day when Nadia obtained the first score of ten in the history of world gymnastics.
Present at the extraordinary event in Romania, on June 3, 2021, through a video, Nadia Comăneci send an emotional message to the creators of the NFT necklace and to her fans: „Greetings from far away, from Oklahoma. With the regret that I am not in Iași, together with the four creative artists of Romanian Creative Week, Irina, Vlad and the two Andrei, I am glad to see that my performances from 45 years ago still inspire the young generation. I liked the idea of a new pioneer action, this time at the crossroads between sports performance and technology. July 18 marks the 45th anniversary of the first historical score of 10, obtained at the uneven bars. And the virtual necklace, "The Perfect Ten", with the story around it, is proof that excellence is possible. I look forward to the release of these NFTs on the OpenSea platform and to celebrate a new success story together. I send you hugs.”
The video message of Nadia Comăneci:
Nadia. The Perfect Ten.
The story of the first NFT tribute to a great athlete of the world
14 years old. 1.50 m tall. Number 73 written on a piece of cloth. And the score of 10.
But let's tell the story in another way.
A 14-year-old girl, 1.50 m tall, wearing the number 73 on her equipment, together with the Romanian colors, disrupted the technique, revolutionized gymnastics, and had the world at her feet. Forever.
It is exactly 45 years since Nadia Comăneci took the first absolute 10 in the history of gymnastics, confusing even the scoreboard, which was unable to display 10. So, it appeared just 1.0, the score that went down in history as "The Perfect Ten". It happened in July 1976, at the Montreal Summer Olympics. Then, Nadia succeeded, seven times, what no one had succeeded even once before: seven scores of "Perfect Ten". She was seven times perfect in the same olimpic competition.
That was the real story.
The world has changed since then and maybe sometimes it seems not to have much in common with the gift that the child from the small town of Onești, Romania, gave it almost half a century ago. A unique gift about talent up to genius, about will, about originality, about creation and about a lot, a lot of work. Still, something remained in us from the gift we received from Nadia.
And this is where our story begins after 45 years.
A necklace. Four idealists. A technique disrupted again. Originality. Creation. Work. A different world.
Let's connect the words in our story. Four Romanian creatives, designer Irina Schrotter, architect Vlad Țenu, visual artist Andrei Cozlac and IT specialist Andrei Dănilă, built the bridge between the "Goddess of Montreal" and our new world: the first NFT tribute to a great athlete.
A virtual necklace, made of ten pieces, symbolizing that "Perfect Ten" of Nadia in Montreal. Each piece of the necklace takes the three-dimensional shape of the movements on the balance beam, on the uneven bars, on the floor, on the vault, with which Nadia Comăneci definitively conquered us all. The ten movements, some named "Comăneci", were chosen by Nadia herself together with the four Romanian creatives, from the gymnast's exercises prepared for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games.
The virtual, authentic jewel, impossible to copy, the originality being guaranteed by the new NFT certification, is given to Nadia Comăneci, as a sign of appreciation, by the four Romanian creatives.
And because Nadia didn't stop then, in Montreal, at a single score of 10, but "intimidated" the scoreboard with seven "Perfect Ten", Irina Schrotter, Vlad Țenu, Andrei Cozlac and Andrei Dănilă didn't stop either. They made six replicas of the tribute necklace, which, together with the jewel given to Nadia, complete that string of seven "Perfect Ten". The soundtrack of NFT necklace is signed by the composer Călin Țopa.
The necklace is collectible, in pieces or in its entirety, by Nadia's fans, on the OpenSea.io marketplace, starting with July 18th, 2021, the anniversary of the day when Nadia took the first "Perfect 10".
Memorabilia for those for whom the world also means "the child from Onești". It means both her genius, her originality, and the emotion possible to be reproduced only by remembering that little girl, and her talent, and her ambition. For those for whom the world means both creativity, and dreams and the future. And especially the desire to be unique. 14 years old. 1.50 m tall. Number 73 written on a piece of cloth. Seven times the score of 10. A necklace. The first NFT necklace tribute to an athlete. Nadia Comăneci.
Let's write the story together.
About the four authors:
The Irina Schrotter brand was launched more than 30 years ago, in Iasi, Romania. Elegant evening dresses and business outfits were an instant hit with women. Today, the brand is sold on 4 continents, in 17 countries.
In addition to her own business, Irina has always focused on promoting and supporting young creatives and artists. In 1999, Irina Schrotter organized the first edition of Romanian Fashion Week in Iași, which became, in the following years, the most important event dedicated to the Romanian fashion. The festival had, in the following years, 12 successful editions. After a more than a decade intermission, the Romanian Fashion Week took, in 2021, a big step towards creativity, becoming Romanian Creative Week, the most important event dedicated to the Romanian creative industries.
Vlad Țenu is a Romanian architect based in London. He studied architecture in Iasi, Lisbon and London at Bartlett, where he has been awarded a MSc. in Adaptive Architecture & Computation in 2009 and a Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research in 2010. He currently works at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and he teaches at the Bartlett as a dissertation technical tutor on the Architectural Computation course.
From art installations to modular sculptures and wearable art pieces, his experimental works include Minimal Complexity, the winner of the TEX-FAB Repeat competition 2010 and an AIA Houston Design Award in 2012. He has exhibited in London, Houston, Bucharest, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. His most ambitious work in the field of clothing design was a dress made of 25,000 Swarovski crystals, in collaboration with designer Lana Dumitru. The creation, launched in Hong Kong in 2018, won the BIG SEE Wearable Art Award (Ljubljana, 2018) and was worn on stage by Björk as part of her Utopia Tour 2018.
Connected with the digital world since 2000, at the begining of web design and web development, Andrei is always hungry to learn and to be there where people don't yet get it. It's the place where you have a lot of work to do but if it works out you get the great satisfaction of working with other innovators. Live streaming, bbiometrics and now NFTs represent the path of technology innovation and also the path of his businesses. International entrepreneur in IT and IT related fields, Andrei is always looking for the next big challenge.
Andrei Cozlac is a video artist, university lecturer PhD at "George Enescu University" in Iasi, Faculty of Visual Arts, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts in Romanian, Târgu Mureș. He started his VJ activity in 2005 and worked with big music festivals in Romania and abroad.
Andrei signed the video design of some plays directed by famous directors, such as Silviu Purcărete, Radu Afrim, Alexandru Dabija, Charles Muller, Theodor Cristian Popescu. In 2017, he received the video mapping in theater award at the National Comedy Festival, and in 2020 the special U.N.I.T.E.R award for video mapping in theater.
About Romanian Creative Week
Romanian Creative Week, the most important event dedicated to the Romanian creative industry and the first major public event in Romania in 2021, after the relaxation of the measures imposed by the pandemic, is organized by the Federation of Employers in Creative Industries - the only nationally representative employer federation of the Creative Industries sector in Romania. Founded in Iasi, in 2011, FEIPC has so far organized over 50 actions for national and international promotion of the Romanian creative industries.
Details about RCW can be found on 2021.romaniancreativeweek.ro, on our Facebook, Instagram pages and on the YouTube channel.