Italian Artist Gets $18,000 for “Invisible” Sculpture

  • An invisible sculpture was sold by an Italian artist for $18,000.
  • Salvatore Garau explains that his invisible sculptures consist of air and spirit. 
  • Garau’s signature and stamp are the only tangible items that the artwork’s buyer will receive.

An invisible sculpture made by Italian artist Salvatore Garau was recently sold for 15,000 euros ($18,300).

According to as.com, the sculpture was initially sold for 6,000 to 9,000 euros. But after several people placed their bids, the price was raised. 

Garau, the 67-year-old artist, says the sculpture titled “Io Sono” (Italian for “I am”), is “immaterial” or does not exist.

The artist has received much critique for the sale of the artwork, but he contends that it is a “vacuum” and not just “nothing”. 

“The vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, that ‘nothing’ has a weight,” Garau said, per as.com. “Therefore, it has energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us,” he added. 

Italy 24 News reported that as per Garau’s instruction, the sculpture must be displayed in an area about 5 ft. long by 5 ft. wide, in a private home without any obstruction, nor any special lighting or climate requirements.

According to multiple outlets, a certificate of authentication signed and stamped by Garau is the only tangible item that the artwork’s buyer will receive.

This is the first immaterial sculpture Garau has sold, but this is not the first time he created this kind of artwork. 

Last month, Garau’s sculpture titled “Buddha in Contemplation,” was also displayed in the Piazza della Scala in Milan, near the Gallerie d’Italia entrance. A video showing the taped-off area where the work is located is posted on Garau’s Instagram page.

According to the video, the work is made of air and spirit, and while it cannot be seen, it exists. 

According to Garau, the sculpture is intended to “activate” the viewer’s imagination to create the most varied form of sculpture. 

“After all, don’t we shape a God we’ve never seen?” Garau added. 

In 2019, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s banana artwork titled “Comedian“ made rounds on the internet. 

The artwork featured a fresh banana attached to a wall using duct tape. The artwork came in three editions, two of which were sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Source: The Guardian

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