An Italian artist Salvatore Garau recently auctioned an invisible sculpture for 15,000 euros ($18,300/N7.5m).
According to as.com, the sculpture’s initial price was set between 6,000 and 9,000 euros (N3m – N4.5m), however, the price was raised after several bids were placed.
The sculpture is titled ‘Io Sono’ (Italian for “I am”), and according to Garau, it is immaterial, meaning that the sculpture does not actually exist.
Though he’s received much critique for the sale, the 67-year-old argues that his work of art isn’t “nothing,” but is instead a “vacuum.”
“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,” Garau said of the statue according to as.com
Italy 24 News reported that per Garau’s instructions, the sculpture must be displayed in a private home free from any obstruction, in an area that is about 5 ft. long by 5 ft. wide. Because the piece does not exist, there are no special lighting or climate requirements.
Multiple outlets report that the only tangible item the buyer will receive is a certificate of authentication that is both signed and stamped by Garau.