Artist gives tourists the ‘sexy fin­ger’

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Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By ALICE WALKER

A SCULP­TOR has ‘piste off ’ skiers by installing a statue of a gi­ant hand giv­ing tourists and lo­cals the MID­DLE FIN­GER.

Niko­lai Win­ter, 24, spent six months mak­ing the seven-foot high sculp­ture of a woman’s hand de­liv­er­ing the of­fen­sive gesture.

The art­work, which weighs two tons and has been cov­ered with a lac­quer fin­ish, is now dis­played on a hill in the pic­turesque Swiss re­sort of St Moritz.

Niko­lai has called the sculp­ture “doigt d’hon­neur”, which is French for the gesture.

There has been a “mixed” re­ac­tion to his “play­ful” sculp­ture, one of a col­lec­tion of seven pieces.

He said: “The aim was to cre­ate a hand that was provoca­tive and sexy, yet el­e­gant.

“The re­ac­tions have been very mixed, from in­com­pre­hen­sion to great ad­mi­ra­tion but I did not re­ally ex­pect oth­er­wise.”

The Swiss artist did not want to say how much the piece cost , but re­vealed it to be “in the price range of an up­per class car”.

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