By Chris King • 29 May 2021 • 20:24
ITALIAN Artist Salvatore Garau Sells Invisible Sculpture For €15,000
Salvatore Garau, a 67-year-old artist from Italy – at a time when the art world, like everybody else, is going through a very difficult time with the pandemic – has achieved a remarkable feat, which should be impossible to do, but he has sold an ‘invisible sculpture’ for the sum of €15,000 (£10,570).
Originally, the price was set at between €6,000 and €9,000 (£4,200 and £6,350), but when he kept receiving more offers, the price increased and he ended up selling it for the higher amount.
Garau’s sculpture – christened ‘Io sono’ (I am) – is an immaterial sculpture, which, in so many words, means it does not exist, or that if it did exist, then it only exists in the mind of its creator, with many art skeptics criticising the artist’s curious creation, but Garau’s response is that he has not sold ‘nothing, but has sold a vacuum.
Garau explained it, 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 energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us”.
The Italian artist continued, “When I decide to ‘exhibit’ an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain amount and density of thoughts at a precise point, creating a sculpture that, from my title, will only take the most varied forms. After all, don’t we shape a God we’ve never seen?”, as reported by as.com.
The artist points out that his work can not be displayed just anywhere, but must be located in a space measuring about 150×150 cm, that is free from obstructions, with lighting and climate control being optional, as you can’t see the object anyway, all which will be detailed in a signed and stamped guarantee certificate from the artist to the buyer.
This Friday 28, Garau had another one of his invisible sculptures – ‘Aphrodite Piange’ (Aphrodite cries) – being exhibited in New York, a piece which is another immaterial sculpture that, supposedly, rests on a circle drawn on the ground, which is the only thing that is visible, and the artist claims that with these works of art, he has started “a new, small, authentic revolution”.
His first invisible sculpture, called ‘Buddha in contemplation’, was placed 25 metres from the entrance to the Gallerie d’Italia, in Milan’s Piazza della Scala, in the Intesa San Paolo exhibition grounds, where, among other things, there is a large canvas of Garau.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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Fools and their money are easily parted…this is one better than the Irish man selling tinned air
I have 2 of his invisible sculptures. We can agree on the price
I have an air guitar for sale, if any one is interested
I have stole that sculpture. I anybody wants to buy Im ok to sell it for 5k eur.
The philistines here criticizing this man’s work have probably never even seen this sculpture.
Guy stole my idea. I did Nothing in 2016.
And there was a documentary made into an award-winning short film:
So the record should be corrected. I’m the first artist to make Nothing into a sculpture, and a movie.
Hi Tom, I will make a new article just about you being the first artist to make Nothing, I find it all just fascinating.
Are you OK if I use your YouTube video in the article, and photos from your site?
I will of course mention this Italian guy has stolen your idea, and watching your video, I seem to recall in the depths of my mind, seeing John Cage doing his ‘piano concerto’ on television.
Yes, that would be great. Cage playing nothing is what gave me the idea to sculpt nothing into a sculpture in 2016. Please use all my evidence with my permission, and happy to see the record corrected. Nothing can be seen here: https://thesmalls.com/video/nothing-1
Hi Tom, I already emailed you in my personal email earlier, my apology for being a bit late with the article.
One thing, if you can email me a good quality high-res picture I will change it in the article then.
I was reading your Wikipedia page, I saw you were a fan of McCartney’s playing, I am a huge Beatles fan, only 3 years ago my company made Europe’s first-ever Beatles’s themed cruise out of Barcelona.
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