Giant Monument Flips Off the Italian Stock Exchange

09.27.10 Marina Galperina

Maurizio Cattelan
Remember how artist Maurizio Cattelan planned to give a gigantic middle finger to the Italian stock exchange building? Ta-da! The giant marble hand monument – sans a few fingers – was unveiled yesterday at Milan’s Piazza Affari.

Originally Omnia Munda Mundis (“to the pure [men], all things [are] pure”), the L.O.V. E. monument is not loved by the city government, but… “We want to be confirmed as the and we have to not only mediate but also accept what we do not like,” they said and allowed the donated public monument to taunt financial gurus for ten days coinciding with Milan’s Fashion Week.

This killer statue would never be erected stateside and would be dangerously D.I.Y. in Russia. Italy scores!