They say art is subjective, but oftentimes people are left stunned as others pay large sums for a piece of art most would consider worthless. While recently many have done this by purchasing NFT’s, one artist found a way to convince someone to pay for a piece of art that actually doesn’t exist. Italian artist Salvatore Garau went viral recently after he sold an “invisible sculpture” made of nothing for more than $18,000.
The “immaterial sculpture” was recently sold at auction for $18,300 and came with instructions on how the nonexistent artwork should be displayed. According to brobible, the work has to be exhibited in a five-by-five foto space in a private house, but comes with a certificate of authenticity, so viewers know it’s there. “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,” said Garau about his sculpture.
Many online were stunned by the purchase, though others described it as the same as any other art purchase. Hopefully the sculpture can one day be resold for even more money.