Italian artist sells invisible sculpture for $18,000! Children’s news article

Italian artist Salvatore Garau has created several invisible sculptures. (Salvatore Garau, via Instagram)

Some artists seem to excel in impressive the world with works of art that can only be called unusual at best. First there was that of Maurizio Cattelan Actor, a series of three sculptures — each including a single banana taped to a wall – which sold for $120,000 a piece in 2019. Now, contemporary Italian artist Salvatore Garau has managed to sell an immaterial or imaginary masterpiece to a anonymous purchaser for the astonishing sum of 15,000 euros (around $18,000)!

The price itself dazed the Art-Rite auctioneers, who had estimated “lo Sono” (Italian for “I am”) to fetch between 6,000 and 9,000 euros during the auction on May 29, 2021. imaginary sculpture came with a certificate of authenticity signed and stamped by the artist. Since there is nothing to see, Garau did not provide lighting instructions for showcase The artwork. He did, however, ask the buyer to install the sculpture in a five-foot by five-foot space with no obstructions.

“lo Sono” is not Garau’s first non-existent artistic creation. In February 2021, the artist presented an invisible piece entitled “Buddha in Contemplation” at Piazza Della Scala in Milan. The only indication carving existence was a square drawn in chalk to mark its precise physical location.

“It is a work that asks you to activate the power of imaginationa power that anyone has, even those who don’t believe they have it,” Garau told the unveiling. “Now it exists and will remain in this space forever. You don’t see it, but it exists. It is air and spirit.”

On June 1, 2021, the artist makes his US start with another imaginary masterpiece called “Weeping Aphrodite”. Despite that first located in front of the New York Stock Exchange, the sculpture – highlighted by an empty white chalk circle – is missed by most passers-by.

While immaterial sculptures have most people scratching their heads, the 67-year-old artist believes he is starting a “new, small, authentic revolution.“He argues that his art is not just ‘nothing’, but a void.

Garau explains: “The vacuum 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, nothing has value. weight. Therefore, it has energy which is condensed and transformed in particles, that is to say in us.

Resources: papermag.com, artnet.com

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