Is Maurizio Cattelan Giving Business the Finger in Milan?

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MILAN (REUTERS).- A marble sculpture of a cut-off hand with the middle finger stuck up has gone on display in front of the Milan Stock Exchange, provoking a lively debate in Italy’s financial capital. The 11-meter high installation, called “L.O.V.E.” and unveiled for the first time in Milan, is part of a retrospective dedicated to the Italian contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan, whose provocative works include a sculpture of Pope John Paul being hit by a meteorite. “(Cattelan’s works) call our times into question, offering themselves as a mirror, however cracked, of our present,” said Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, Milan’s commissioner for culture, in a statement. Cattelan drew protests in Milan in 2004 with his installation of three baby puppets hung on the branch of an old tree. A protester