Fact Check: Yes, Italian artists' 'invisible sculpture' sold for $18,000

Several social media users have claimed that an Italian artist sold an “invisible painting” for $18,000. One user shared an image of the artist and wrote, “This where the real money at lol man finessed somebody into giving him $18k for nothing

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  6 Jun 2021 3:00 AM GMT
Fact Check: Yes, Italian artists invisible sculpture sold for $18,000

Hyderabad: Several social media users have claimed that an Italian artist sold an "invisible painting" for $18,000.

One user shared an image of the artist and wrote, "This where the real money at lol man finessed somebody into giving him $18k for nothing (sic)."

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=494521975223022&id=100039956714253

Many Twitter users shared links to tabloids that had published the news.


Fact Check:

The claim that an invisible sculpture by an Italian artist was sold for $18k is TRUE.

According to reports, Salvatore Garau, a 67-year-old Italian artist, auctioned an "immaterial sculpture" — as the artwork does not exist — for $18,300 (Rs. 13,33,459.70).

Titled Lo Sono (which translates to "I am"), the work finds significance in its nothingness, Garau told Spanish news outlet Diario AS. "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 an energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us," he was quoted as saying.

https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/italian-artist-auctions-invisible-sculpture-for-usd18300-7344385/

The artist points out that his work cannot be displayed just anywhere, but must be located in a space measuring about 150×150 cm, that is free from obstructions, with lighting and climate control being optional, as you can't see the object anyway, all which was detailed in a signed and stamped guarantee certificate from the artist to the buyer.

https://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/20210603195409-italian-artist-salvatore-garau-sells-invisible-sculpture-for-more-than-18000/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9647693/Artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-13-000-gives-buyer-certificate-authenticity.html

We can also see the "sculpture" on the artist's Instagram page.

This first-of-its-kind deal has created ripples in the art world and has left many wondering about the idea of buying something that does not exist.

Therefore, the claim that an invisible sculpture by an Italian artist was sold for $18k is TRUE.


Claim Review:Italian artists’ ‘invisible sculpture’ sold for $18,000
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Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:True
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