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interventions on existing public art works…

(my photo of this was rubbish so i had to play with it in illustrator)

Happened across an intervention on the sculpture by Maurizio Catelan a few weeks ago in Milan, already blogged about the work (see previous post).  But this time someone had made an intervention on it, they had placed a ring on that famous finger. Normally i love a bit of guerilla intervention on existing works, but i became less excited when i read the accompanying text which said it had all been done with permission of the local council and the artist etc….no fun…

(this was strung around the plynth – not translating it, it’s not interesting enough)

ANYWAY… it reminded me of a really brilliant intervention made on an Edinburgh landmark years and years ago….

…in front of St Mary’s Cathedral, Picardy Place in Edinburgh stands Eduardo Paolozzi’s giant foot sculpture ‘The Manuscript of Monte Cassino’. Anyway years and YEARS ago (the 90’s i think, does anyone recall?), i remember that someone painted its toenails pink. Genius!, Paolozzi apparently loved it… See below my photoshop re-enactment:

So i remember the real thing being more beautiful and messy, great drips of paint running off the toes and all…but i have scanned the internet and can’t find any pictures, so this will have to do.

maurizio cattelan’s middle finger…

Am moving around a lot at the moment, now am in Milan for work, i come across this relatively new intervention in the heart of Milan’s financial district, the Piazza Affari, right in front of the Italian stock exchange building.

The work is called L.O.V.E. in marble like its rationalist surroundings and including plinth, it is 11 metres high.

officially it’s name is L.O.V. E. – so it stands for love – but everyone can read between the lines and take away the message they see for themselves.”
Maurizio Cattelan

Well i am a pretty simple person really so i know what i read from it…It is so obvious and puerile (despite the smoke and mirror allusions to classicism..see the broken fingers) that actually i like it, and i like the idea that the stock exchange gets the finger every moment of the day, every day…and i guess, in a city as deeply conservative as Milan it’s good to see something, anything that is not so goddamn POLITE!