Italian artist Salvatore Garau has sold his “invisible” sculpture at auction for €15,000. The initial price was between €6,000 – €9000, but more people wanted to buy this piece of art, so the price went up to €15,000.
The sculpture, which is called “Io Sono” (i.e. “I am” in Italian), is “immaterial” – which means that it does not exist.
Yes, somebody has paid €15,000 for…. NOTHING!
Of course, the artist disagrees. He says that his sculpture is not “nothing”, but it is a “vacuum”, i.e. it is a space “full of energy”.
The artist’s instruction says that the sculpture should be displayed in an area of about 2×2 meters, with nothing around it.
Because the sculpture does not exist, the owner does not need any special light or air-conditioning.
The buyer will receive a certificate of authentication that is both signed and stamped by Garau, the artist.
invisible /ɪnˈvɪzəbl/ – neviditeľný
sculpture /ˈskʌlptʃə(r)/ – socha, skulptúra
initial /ɪˈnɪʃl/ – pôvodný, počiatočný
immaterial /ˌɪməˈtɪəriəl/ – (tu) nehmotný, imateriálny