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02nd Jun 2021

Italian artist Salvatore Garau just sold an invisible sculpture for $18,000

Kieran Galpin

Art, in its infinite forms, has always been subjective

What is trash to one person may be a gold mine to another. Italian born artist Salvatore Garau has successfully sold a sculpture for $18,000. But art sells for enormous prices all the time, so what makes Garau’s piece so unique?

All of the money Garau earned is technically profit, as no materials or tools were used in the making of his sculpture. Simply put, because it is invisible. Named Buddha in Contemplazione, Garau insists the sculpture exists, just not in material form.

Garau has often worked in contemporary ways. In 2005 he painted an abstract design on a 200m piece of PVC, which was then hung to cover scaffolding in Milan. A year later, he created large ponds on the floors of three churches, which he then filled with local fish.

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

Though his sculpture is not limited by conventional thinking, Garau has explicit instructions for its display. It is intended to be shown in a 5×5-foot square and must be shown free from obstruction. Despite his specific guidelines, the art is shockingly not affected by light or climate.

Though there is no information about shipping or maintenance costs, you receive a certificate of authenticity after purchasing. Perhaps invisible art will be the next big thing, so move over NFT’s.