This year, we’ve seen some extravagant art purchases on the blockchain as NFTs, but maybe the most extravagant art buy has been made in the physical world.
Salvatore Garau, an Italian artist, has been in the news this week after one of his works, an invisible sculpture titled Lo Sono (I Am), sold for almost $18,000. The sculpture isn’t visible at all; in fact, no one can see it.
It’s completely undetectable.
Despite the sculpture not even existing, the 67-year-old artist broke down barriers in the art world by auctioning it off for thousands of dollars.
Garau, who has described the piece as a kind of vacuum, would likely argue that it is non-existent.
“The vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy,” he told Italian publication Diario AS.
“Even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, that nothing has a weight. As a result, it possesses energy that has been condensed and turned into particles, which are us.”
The buyer of Lo Sono remained anonymous.
The invisible sculpture was sold with instructions on how to exhibit it in your own house, with the caveat that it must be shown in a five-by-five-foot space with no obstructions.
A certificate of authenticity was also given to the buyer.
“When I decide to ‘display’ an immaterial sculpture in a given area, that space will concentrate a specific amount and density of thoughts at a certain place, resulting in a sculpture that, from my title, will only assume the most various shapes,” the artist stated.
“It’s not visible, but it’s there; it’s comprised of air and spirit. It’s a work that demands you to use your imagination, a power that everyone possesses, even those who don’t believe they do.”
Would you be willing to spend $18,000 for a sculpture that doesn’t exist?