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Artist’s Invisible Sculpture Goes Off The Block For Over US$18,000
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Jun 2021
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If you’ve been in a creative block lately, don’t let it get to you. An Italian artist turned nothing into something, and that ended up fetching a five-figure sum.
Spanish newspaper AS.com reports that 67-year-old contemporary artist Salvatore Garau had put up an invisible sculpture for auction with an asking price of €6,000 to €9,000 (US$7,300 to US$12,200). However, several bids later, the sale closed at €15,000 (US$18,300).
The Io Sono sculpture, which translates to mean “I am,” is literally like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It is “immaterial,” but not exactly nothing. The artist likens it to a “vacuum,” which is “nothing more than a space full of energy.”
He tells AS.com, “Even if we empty it and there is nothing left… that ‘nothing’ has a weight.”
With that being said, the sculpture does take up space. Garau has instructed the buyer to display it within a private home on an area roughly five-foot-long and five-foot-wide. No special lighting or temperature is required to maintain the artwork.
The buyer couldn’t possibly walk away empty-handed, so the sculpture also arrived with a certificate of authentication signed and stamped by the artist.
[via Newsweek, images via various sources]
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