Gallery: Hundreds of ‘Middle Finger’ Candles Lit in Silent Protest Agai...

"As the candles burn," he notes, "the middle finger melts away, leaving a sadly deformed stump of a hand. It’s symbolic of the human tendency to only be able to communicate after things are badly damaged."

After almost losing a finger in a workshop accident, artist Nao Matsumoto meditated on the importance of the middle finger as a gesture of expressing discontent. Channeling reactions to news about the “nuclear meltdown” in Fukushima, Matsumoto targeted institutions that he felt needed to take responsibility, like TEPCO. In collaboration with photographer Masakazu Miura, the New York-based artist created finger-shaped candles to be snapped burning outside a pre-selected targets, to “send a message” to authorities.

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