How much would you pay for a sculpture?
Five dollars? Ten? Twenty?
How about $18,000?
And what if the sculpture is transparent?
I don’t mean, to be clear, that its purpose is obvious.
I mean that it’s clear — it’s invisible.
As reported by the Daily Mail, earlier this month, some lucky art fan snagged Salvatore Garau’s masterpiece I am.
The price: £13,000 — 18,426.46 in American dollars.
Speaking to Hypebeast, the 67-year-old artist described his work as a “vacuum” — “the vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy.”
Prepare to delve deep, philosophical fiends:
“Even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, that ‘nothing’ has a weight.”
The Guardian explains:
[Heisenberg’s] uncertainty principle…tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behavior of quantum particles and, therefore, the smallest scales of nature. Of these scales, the most we can hope for is to calculate probabilities for where things are and how they will behave. Unlike Isaac Newton’s clockwork universe, where everything follows clear-cut laws on how to move and prediction is easy if you know the starting conditions, the uncertainty principle enshrines a level of fuzziness into quantum theory.
If you couldn’t follow that, perhaps it’s why you can’t create things that are invisible.
Moving on, the sculpture — which was auctioned by Art-Rite — is meant to be displayed in a private space, occupying a 5-foot square.
And please — per the Mail — no “artificial lighting or air conditioning.”
The art world is definitely one of wonder.
As I covered in 2019, a banana peel sold for $120,000.
Read all about it:
Putting the ‘Peel’ in Sex Appeal: A Piece of Art Consisting of a Banana Taped to the Gallery’s Wall Sells for $120,000 https://t.co/pMxBeoJqHi
— RedState (@RedState) December 7, 2019
Complete the saga, courtesy of its heartbreaking conclusion:
Horticultural Horror: The Art World Loses a Masterpiece as a Gallery Patron Grabs the $120,000 Banana and Eats It https://t.co/k3szFEur6P
— RedState (@RedState) December 8, 2019
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