Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s has captured public feeling across Europe with a 30 foot middle finger extended towards bankers.
The surly statue stretches a finger in Milan’s Piazza Affari, on a pedastal raising it to 11 metres – directly in front of Milan’s stock exchange. It is to be unveiled around some of Italy’s richest men and women next week and will be displayed for only ten days, right through Milan’s fashion week.
The artist commented on the solid marble digit, called L.O.V.E, saying that “It stands for love – but everyone can read between the lines and take away the message they see for themselves.”
An official statement from Milanese administrators read, “We want to be confirmed as the capital of contemporary art and we have to not only mediate but also accept what we do not like.”
It is hardly a new theme for Cattelan, who’s controversial previous works include La Nona Ora (“The Ninth Hour”), a statue of Pope John Paul II being hit by a meteor and “Him”, a miniature Hitler in prayer. The artist has also created a seven metre, 11-a-side table football table.