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Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for More Than $18,000

The art world is known for being somewhat eccentric, but this one is definitely more out there than usual. An Italian sculptor recently sold an invisible sculpture for over $18,000.

The Invisible Sculpture That Sold For Over $18,000

In the world of art, $18,000 is not an overly outrageous price. For an invisible sculpture, however, it is a different story. Italian artist Salvatore Garau sold his invisible sculpture, called “Lo Sono” (I am) for $18,300. That’s right – someone spent over $18,000 on absolutely nothing. (1)


“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,” the artist explained. “Therefore, it has energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us.”

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How It Is Displayed

Garau will send the buyer a certificate of authenticity that includes instructions on how to display the piece. Apparently, he must display it in a private house in a space that is roughly five-by-five feet and free of any obstructions. (1)


“You don’t see it but it exists; it is made of air and spirit,” he explained. “It is a work that asks you to activate the power of the imagination, a power that anyone has, even those who don’t believe they have it.”

Not His Only Invisible Piece

In New York City, he installed another invisible piece called Aphrodite Cries in front of the New York City Stock Exchange. In February, he installed yet another invisible sculpture called Buddha In Contemplation at the Piazza Della Scala in Milan. Though clearly, at least some people are interested in this non-tangible art form, online many people are questioning the pieces.


“So you really just taped a square and called that a sculpture?” one commenter said.

The answer is yes, he did – and someone bought it.


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  1. “Italian Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for More Than $18,000” Complex. JOSHUA ESPINOZA. June 03, 2021.
  2. “An Italian Artist Auctioned Off an ‘Invisible Sculpture’ for $18,300. It’s Made Literally of Nothing” Artnet News. Taylor Dafoe. June 3, 2021
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