The 67-year old Italian artist Salvatore Garau auctioned off an “immaterial sculpture” for $18,300 — an artwork that is…well, invisible.
The invisible sculpture is entitled ‘Io Sono’, or ‘I am’, and for Garau, his artwork finds form in its own nothingness.
“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,” he told the Spanish news outlet. “Therefore, it has an energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us.”
Lo Sono went up for sale in May at the Italian auction house Art-Rite. It was initially put up for auction at between $6000 and $9000. However, the price was actually raised after a flurry of initial bids.
There are very specific instructions about how the sculpture should be displayed – about five feet by five feet, to be exact. But those living in low-light or humid conditions needn’t worry as it doesn’t have any specific lighting or climate requirements.
“When I decide to ‘exhibit’ an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain amount and density of thoughts at a precise point, creating a sculpture that, from my title, will only take the most varied forms,” the artist went on.
The lucky buyer went home with a certificate of authenticity.
Lo Sono isn’t the only artwork of its kind in Garau’s oeuvre. In February of this year, at the Piazza Della Scala in Milan, the artist exhibited BUDDHA IN CONTEMPLATION, a similarly invisible sculpture demarcated by a square of tape on a cobble-stoned walkway.
Meanwhile, this week, he installed AFRODITE CRIES in front of the New York City stock exchange. The effort, evidenced by an empty white circle, was supported by the Italian Cultural Institute.