Invisible sculpture sells for over $18,000

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An invisible sculpture sold for about $18,300 at an Italian auction.

Salvatore Garau auctioned off his sculpture, which he said does not actually exist, at the Italian Art-Rite organization in May. He called the work “Io Sono,” Italian for “I am.”

“When I decide to 'exhibit' an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain quantity and density of thoughts in a precise point, creating a sculpture that from my title alone will take the most varied forms," Garau said. “After all, don’t we give shape to a God we have never seen?”


Unconventional art has made headlines for years. In 1985, Andy Warhol installed an invisible sculpture in New York. In 2019, another Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, made $120,000 on a banana he had duct-taped to a wall, which one museum-goer would later eat.

Garau’s statue was projected to bring in between $7,000 and $11,000, but bidders brought the final price tag up to over $18,000, Newsweek reported.

The statue must be housed inside a private home and placed in an unobstructed five-foot by five-foot space, according to Garau’s directions for the buyer.

“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 said.

Garau posted an empty white square drawn in tape on an Italian sidewalk in a May 16 Instagram video. The square contained another invisible sculpture of his, “Buddha in Contemplation.”

“You do not see it, but it exists, it is made of air and spirit. It is a work that asks you to activate the power of your imagination, a power that anyone has, even those who don’t think they have it,” he said in the video.

Garau did not sell “Buddha in Contemplation.”


The bidder who won “Io Sono” took home a certificate of authenticity signed by Garau, the only new material good with which the buyer left.

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