An Italian artist reportedly sold an “invisible” sculpture for $ 18,000 (£ 12,959) at an auction that took place earlier this month.
According to Italy24News, the sculpture “Io sono” by Salvatore Garau (for “I am” in Italian) must be exhibited in a private room away from any obstacle.
It should also be kept in an area about 5 feet long and 5 feet wide. Lighting and environmental monitoring are optional because no one can see the artwork.
Garau has drawn criticism for his claim that sculpture is “intangible,” meaning that it does not exist or only exists in the mind of its creator.
However, the 67-year-old defended himself by saying the sculpture looked more like a “void”.
“The void is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, this ‘nothing’ has weight. Therefore, it has energy which is condensed and transformed into particles, that is to say in us, ”he said.
“After all, aren’t we shaping a God we’ve never seen? He asked.
Last week, Garau exhibited another invisible sculpture titled “Buddha in Contemplation” in Piazza della Scala in Milan.
The video states, “Now he exists and will remain in this space forever. You don’t see it, but it exists. He is made of air and spirit.