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It’s called The Finger. And its new home is smack-bang in front of the Milan Bourse.Apparently it’s a symbol of capitalism.
It should be noted that the 36-foot marble sculpture points away from the stock exchange, and not at it.
But not surprisingly, local financiers aren’t happy about it.
One asset managers group already moved their conference elsewhere because of The Finger. And the country’s exchange regulator, Consob, warned it will move its annual meeting too if something isn’t done.
As for the scuplture’s actual meaning — well, as described by the sculptor — it’s an anti-fascist statement:
The city councilman wanted a sculpture displayed outside to complement the museum show.
Mr. Cattelan had an idea: He would create a statue that would play on—but transform—Italy’s Fascist hand salute from the 1930s. By cutting off the fingers and mutilating the hand, he says he was criticising the totalitarianism that ravaged Europe in the last century.