The Milan City Council has responded to the request of spades Consob president, Giuseppe Vegas, to remove the work LOVE
The controversy is not subsiding Finger Cattelan , the sculpture by the artist from Padua, who by now since last September stands at the center of Piazza Affari in Milan. Eleven meters of marble from Carrara experienced as a real slap in the face by financial operators, angry and humiliated by the huge middle finger to LOVE, freedom, hatred, revenge and eternity, as he wanted to call the same Cattelan.
To reignite the debate about the location of the work we thought the Consob president, Giuseppe Vegas, who said that if the installation is not removed will be forced to move to the Palace of bells for the presentation of the company's Annual Report control of the market, breaking a decade-old tradition. The event, scheduled for the first week of May, will see the presence of the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, ministers Tremonti and Alfano, of all the elite of Italian and several other institutional representatives. Can one, therefore, well understand the embarrassment of Vegas in imagining the parade and many of these authorities under the enormous and challenging middle finger to Cattelan.
The question then becomes political, and passed through the hands of the mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, who has now made it clear they had no objection to the decision of the City Municipal Council, which on input of the Cultural Finazzer Flory granted during the Christmas period to extend LOVE through which continue to show your finger to the building until midnight on September 30, a decision that has deeply angered the world of finance in Milan.
Installing Cattelan, who originally was supposed to remain in place only for a few weeks Affairs but has now entered the tourist itinerary of Milan, would be used as a flying art for the city of Milan with regard to the upcoming events of Miart, Venice Biennale and the Milan Furniture Fair. If, in addition to everything you consider the economic value of LOVE, estimated at two million euro, and the statements of Cattelan's "I'll give the sculpture to the city as long as an obligation of nature. Remains in the Milan Stock Exchange at least twenty years, we understand the political strategy of waiting for the city council.
It must be said then that, at least to us, really like the finger a lot. It is a great challenge, launched straight into the heart of the bustling domestic finance, as was the representation (at last) of the widespread feeling social, public, against speculation in the banking system. Despite the contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan feel smarter than the last 50 years, I do not think you can deny the expressive power of this: A provocation just perfect.