How much would you pay for nothing? The obvious answer to that is nothing of course but that is not always the case.
Italy 24 News reported on the world's first invisible sculpture selling for 15,000 euros and it is not a joke! The sculpture, or non-sculpture, is the work of artist Salvatore Garau who had the following to say about his work of art:
“The successful outcome of the auction testifies to an irrefutable fact: The void is nothing but a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and nothing remains, according to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle that nothingness has a weight. It, therefore, has an energy that condenses and transforms itself into particles, in short, in us! When I decide to “exhibit” an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain quantity and density of thoughts in a precise point, creating a sculpture that from my title alone will take the most varied forms. After all, don’t we give shape to a God we have never seen?“
If this description seems confusing it's because, just like Garau's art, it is. On the bright side, it has a carbon footprint of net-zero and can not possibly be replicated.
How does buying the invisible sculpture actually work? Italy 24 News reported that the work must be placed in a space that allows the dimensions of approximately 4.9 x 4.9 ft (150 x 150 cm) to be free of any obstructions. The owner of the invisible sculpture also gets a certificate of guarantee of the sculpture's authenticity.
The sculpture is entitled “I am” and it was sold in an auction organized by Art-Rite, one of the rare Italian auction houses that handle exhibitions dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.
The artist is from Santa Giusta and is known for his previous exhibition “Buddha in contemplation” showcased last February in Piazza Della Scala in Milan. We will venture a guess that this exhibition was not invisible.
The new exhibition however redefines art. Many have wondered before what defines art but no one has gone so far as to include invisible art as a viable art form.
This sale of Garau's sculpture, or non-sculpture, opens new doors into what is considered art. Will it be replicated by other artists with the same success? Or is its appeal the fact that it is the first of its kind? Time will tell.
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