Nearby Piazza Cordusio and the Duomo there’s Piazza Affari. The square is renowned because of the presence of Milan’s stock exchange, the seat of Italy’s financial market since 16 January 1808. The square represents the economy of Italy. During the Roman Age there used to be a theatre with 8000 seats beside Palazzo Mezzanotte, and its previous presence is proved by a commemorative marble stone dated 20 October 1933.
The building was designed by architect Mezzanotte to house Milan’s stock exchange and the works lasted three years (1929-1932). The construction was frequently interrupted because of the many findings of Roman ruins. On 25 September 2010 Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture L.O.V.E. (acronym that means freedom, hate, revenge, and eternity, in Italian) was put in the middle of the square.
The sculpture has been mentioned a lot by mass medias because it depicts a hand performing the Fascist salute, with all the fingers cut but the middle finger; the sculpture clearly relates to the rude gesture. The artist’s aim was to denigrate both Fascism and the business world. The sculpture, made of Carrara marble, is 11 m tall (36 ft), and the hand is 4,60 m tall (15 ft)