We have seen blank canvases in art galleries, and digital artists are making millions of dollars selling NFT artworks however the Italian sculptor Salvatore Garau took things further by creating a sculpture that doesn’t exist in physical form and is made from air and spirit.
Basically the sculpture only exists in the buyer’s imagination.
A recent catch was the Io Sono sculpture which was recently sold for $18,000 to a private buyer, complete with the certificate of authenticity to prove viewers (or non viewers) that it is indeed the real deal.
Garau, infact, insists that his sculptures are as real as any object we can see or touch, and instead was created as a ‘vacuum’.
Garau, 67, is originally from Sardinia and is well known in Italy for his abstract work. His work was displayed in several museums in Europe and at the prestigious Venice Biennale.
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.
He further explained that his sculptures are a reflection of how humans give meaning to things that they cannot see, in the same way that they ‘shape a god we’ve never seen’.
On the brightside, the sculptor won’t be too difficult to transport to its new owner’s home and in addition, the artist gives the buyer some important guidance on how best to ‘display’ the artwork.
Apparently, the vacuum needs to be kept in 5×5 foot square in a ‘private space free from obstructions.’ He also added that it doesn’t need any specific lighting or climate control, since, you know, there is actually nothing to preserve.