Piazzale Cadorna is located at the end of Via Boccaccio, and is crossed by many tram lines, bus lines and two subway lines. The square is dedicated to Field Marshal Luigi Cadorna and it’s the seat of the historic station of the Ferrovie Nord, built in 1956, which is fundamental for commuters and is the terminus of the Malpensa Express which goes to Malpensa Airport.
The square is famous for the peculiar contemporary sculpture “Needle, thread and knot” by Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje Van Bruggen. It represents a 19 m (748 ft) high needle with a red, green and yellow thread (symbolizing the three subway lines) tied to it, piercing the ground in front of the station and reappearing in a fountain as a large knot.
The artwork was posed in Piazzale Cadorna in 2000 during a massive restyling of the square and represents Milan’s industriousness and the city’s talent for fashion. The thread’s sinuosity represents the emblem of the municipality and the Visconti (a snake with a child in its mouth).