|Even Milan has it's own 'Talking Statues' like in Rome*|
The statue is well-constructed, almost appealing, and many believe the artist was flipping off the bankers at the Stock Exchange. But if you look at it closely, that hand is facing us. And this reason only is why the statue passes muster with me. I would love to see it in the center of Wall Street as a symbol for the occupy movement.
Not one to be a prude, I don't think it doesn't have to be shown. But when we're still censoring swear words on Comedy Central, an openly City-approved 'bird' is, in my humble opinion, not kosher. If I want to see Cattelan's dead children or his fuck finger, I'll pay a ticket and see it on exhibition. Forcing men, women and children to lay their eyes on his 'artwork', or forcing them to take another route on public property to me is undemocratic and unacceptable in modern society.
If you look closely at the fascist figures in relief adorning the front of Palazzo Mezzanotte (figures, I might add, that nobody can say precisely quite what they're doing), I have read that they represent the "Four Essential Elements of Modern Economy".
Leave it to Cattelan to give us the fifth.
For more views of the Milan Stock Exchange, it's article and Cattelan's work, click here.
*For Rome's Talking Statues - Earth's First Blogger - read here.