Charlie Buttrey

June 10, 2021

Salvatore Granau is an artist who specializes in what I’ll charitably call avart-garde stuff. According to his Wikipedia page (which refers to him as a “scam artist”), in 2005 Granua painted an abstract work on a 200-square-meter piece of plastic, which was then hung to cover the scaffolding on a building in Milan. The next year, he created large ponds on the floors of three churches in towns in the province of Oristano, which he then populated with fish from nearby ponds.

Call him a scam artist if you want, but Granau can certainly make a lot out of nothing. Literally.

According to this article at the website Creative Bloq, Granau recently created an “invisible sculpture,” which consists of, well, nothing.  Seriously. Explains Granau, the sculpture is not simply nothing, but a vacuum. “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,” he tells us. “Therefore, it has energy that is condensed and transformed into particles, that is, into us.”

Here’s the kicker: The “invisible sculpture” a sold at auction. For a cool $18,000.

The winning bidder received a certificate of purchase, and specific instructions on how to display the “sculpture”: It needs a space of five feet by five feet.

No word on the cost of insuring it from loss, theft or damage.

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