L.O.V.E., Libertà (Freedom). Odio (Hate). Vendetta (Revenge). Eternità (Eternity).
It almost seems like it’s an ‘F you’ towards fascism and the stock. An irreverent and provocative gesture, which has been the most famous and discussed finger in Milan for three years as of now. It was not by chance that it was inaugurated during the economic crisis. The sculpture was systematically placed in the center of Piazza Affari (business square), in September 25, 2010 in front of Palazzo Mezzanotte, home of the Milan Stock Exchange. Initially, it was intended to be a temporary work, but soon thereafter, the work’s ownership was definitively passed on from the artist to the City of Milan.The sculpture offers two broad interpretations; a purely artistic one, where the severed fingers and the erected middle finger indicate only one way things should to go, and the other, being much more direct, which indicates the actual way forward.
Of course, the sculpture has created much discussion among the councilors of the City Council that, remaining somewhat perplexed, had tried not to expose it, especially in front of the Stock Exchange. Contemporary art is known sometimes to becomes the subject of heated debate and conflicting opinions. There are those who understand it, those who strive but just end up failing to understand it, those who swears that they have grasped its meaning and message, and those who give up immediately, without even much effort.