It has been reported that the bride and groom, Singaporean couple Joanne Tham and Clarence Chan, CEO of music company Bandwagon, celebrated their matrimony on Saturday in a “70s disco glam” themed wedding, which took place in a digital replica of Singapore's famous Alkaff Mansion.
However, while the couple was physically present at a real-world hotel venue along with some guests, their digital avatars were also present within The Sandbox metaverse and could be seen by guests who joined remotely. The event was officiated by The Sandbox co-founder and chief operations officer Sebastien Borget in a digital avatar form.
The report said that after their first virtual kiss as husband and wife, the couple exited the Metaverse to continue their celebrations offline. The wedding was the result of a collaboration between 1-Group, Smobler Studios, and The Sandbox, with Web3 design agency Smobler Studios recreating The Alkaff Mansion and its distinctive architecture in The Sandbox. 1-Group manages the real-world mansion counterpart.
Likewise, Hollywood star Javier Bardem is set to “donate” a close-up photo of his iris via a nonfungible token (NFT), as part of a fundraising campaign aimed at restoring sight to people in the developing world. Bardem, a well-known Spanish actor, and director is known for his roles spanning his 30-year career, including Dune, James Bond Skyfall, and his award-winning performance in No Country for Old Men.
The photo of his eye is set to be auctioned off by Ojos del Mundo (Eyes of the World Foundation) on September 29, with a starting price of $9,027, or 9,000 euros. The digital photograph will come in the form of an NFT, and will also come with a printed photo signed and dedicated by the actor himself.
Moreover, as part of the group’s new fundraising campaign, Iris of the World, the Eyes of the World Foundation hope to raise enough money to expand “lines of action and/or promote new projects in the Saharawi camps, Mozambique, Bolivia or Mali.”
Thus, Bardem said in a statement:
“I am happy to collaborate with ‘Irises del mundo’ by donating a photograph of my iris to auction and continue helping the Foundation's collaboration on avoidable blindness.”