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Il DitoBy Anthony Parente
The name automatically suggests a statue of a heart or two people sharing an embrace. There are a number of images that come to mind when you think of love. This statue created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who is well known for his provocative works of art that use humor, satire, and realism to challenge the norms in the art world, is not an image that comes to mind. You might say it is more of a love hate relationship. Maurizio's statue is a giant middle finger pointed directly at Palazzo Mezzanotte, which houses the Borsa Italiana. A giant "Fuck you" to the financial world. At first glance it seems as if the other fingers are all folded down against the palm, but they are all in fact cut off. If the fingers were not severed the hand would resemble the infamous Fascist salute pointing to the Palazzo that was built during the height of fascism in Italy.
Piazza degle Affari is a short walk from the popular tourist destinations: Basilica di Sant' Ambrogio, Milan's Duomo, and the Castello Sforzesco. The statue has become a symbol of Milan's modern art scene and tourists flock to take photos of this controversial statue. Yes, a popular thing to do is smile as you flip the bird.
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