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‘Invisible sculpture’ sells for $23,500

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Artist Salvatore Garau
Artist Salvatore Garau has sold an invisible sculture for $23,500 (Source: Instagram @salvatore_garau)

An Italian artist, Salvatore Garau, has sold an “invisible sculpture” for a whopping $23,500 (US$18,000).

Garau said the Io Sono (I am) sculpture is made from “air and spirit”, exists like a “vacuum” and does not take any material form.

“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 said.

“Therefore, it has energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us.”

Garau said the piece can be explained in the way humankind creates a shape for “a god we’ve never seen”.

“Rather than invisible sculptures, I would define them as immaterial sculptures. My fantasy, trained for a lifetime to feel differently the existing around me, allows me to ‘see’ what apparently does not exist,” Garau said.

“The intangible sculptures are works that I feel as physical. Into the void there is a container of positive and negative possibilities that are constantly equivalent, in short, there is a density of events. “

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The sculpture will be displayed in a 1.5 by 1.5 metre box with strict instructions to be placed in a private space free from obstructions.

The sculpture should also be in an area where lighting and climate control are not required.

The buyer will also receive an authentication certificate with the sculpture, reiterating that even though you cannot see it, it does exist.

The name of the buyer has not been made public, but it is thought to be an art collector from Milan.

The Art-Rite Auction House said the artwork was “hard-fought” over and described it as a “provocative immaterial sculpture”.

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