I'm a long way from being a nazi fetishist, but I know from my history lessons about the Axis, and Benito and Adolf's love fest. A nazi salute would be a deeply sarcastic expression of discontent with a financial system you'd be very rudely herding into a paddock with a historical atrocity.
Is there a 'right angle'? Make anything like that salute in Europe and people will give you the stink eye. Some places, they might even arrest you. It's a highly sensitive gesture, and for me personally, one that represents a regime that reduced the population of my own family, and wrecked their homes.
So - the artist and his politics.
- Deeply involved in the country of his birth [Italy!] and its history especially with regard to art and politics, Cattelan functions in the world of global art and images.
I don't know, does this look like a nazi salute?
It's by the same artist, you see.
And this commentator was pretty sure about the original image and the sculptor's intent:
The work created by Cattelan intent depicts a hand in the fascist salute
And if random panoramio doesn't count -
the 1932 Palazzo Mezzanotte, the stock exchange headquarters, which is a hallmark of Fascist architecture
Cattelan described the sculpture “L.O.V.E.” as an anti-fascist statement. He transformed Italy’s Fascist hand salute from the 1930s by cutting off the fingers and mutilating the hand. The artist stated he was criticizing the totalitarianism that ravaged Europe in the last century. As it’s placed, it points away from the stock exchange, and not at it.
From some artists. http://www.collectortribune.com/2012/10/13/l-o-v-e-by-cattelan-in-milan-for-40-years/.
My point is - art is always open to interpretation. Just because I mention or approach the subject of fascism, that's not weird - that's discussing something extraordinarily (mal) formative in the history of the world. There are a billion godwin conversations to research on the net, but seriously, this isn't one.
It is not atypical for an artist with European sensibilities to toy with the imagery of the fascist regimes that have wrought so much damage.
So it's a much deeper work than a chopped-up high five, and its resonance is not lost on the population of today, and thank the fucking sky lords that people don't drop the whole thing out of their heads because it's uncomfortable and inconvenient to weigh on, because it looks like we've got another potential contender on our borders, and after Pfutin, there'll be another, and another.
'Lest we forget'.
Edit: For the record, I think it's bloody brilliant, that sculpture. There should be one in Zurich, too.