The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

20. L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Cattelan, 2010

Cattelan's work often carries with it a sense of humor, and L.O.V.E. is no different; the pointed gesture pulls on the deep history of Italian Renaissance sculpture and the pathos of monuments. The statue itself is installed at the front of the Italian stock exchange building, which casts an entirely new light on Cattelan's tribute. Cattelan said of his work, "Officially its 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." As far as site-specific sculptures go, L.O.V.E. is one that will never be forgotten.

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