On the Middle Finger platform, users can point the finger at whatever they want in the whole world, or at least any part of the world that is searchable on Google maps. Several landmarks that recur in users' images are the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, and Trump Tower.

Middle finger against center of power

The work Middle Finger is an extension of the work "Study of Perspective", a series of images taken between 1995-2003 in which the artist extends his middle finger to places and centers of power all over the world. The start of the series of images was Ai Weiwei's middle finger towards Beijing's Tiananmen Square where hundreds of protesters were killed by the Chinese government in 1989.

"I think it's good to remember that this part of your body can point to something to let them and yourself know you exist," Ai Weiwei writes on the artwork's website.

Ai Weiwei is considered one of the world's foremost contemporary artists and is known for criticizing authoritarian regimes and highlighting abuses and human rights in his art.