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Charging Bull, Arturo Di Modica, New York City, 1989

December 16, 1989 an Italian sculptor stood without authorization a huge statue of a charging bull in front of New Stock York Exchange as a Christmas gift to the people of New York.
During the night, Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor, and thirty his friends and relatives, had managed to evade police surveillance, download the work from a rented truck and install it, in a period less than 8 minutes of the tour of the Watch.

Charging Bull - Arturo Di Modica

The same afternoon, the New York Stock Exchange rented a truck to remove the work. But the outcry initiative to ‘acclaim’ convinced the Parks Department Commissioner in New York to give a temporary site (currently in Bowling Green) the work ‘Charging Bull’ a few blocks away from the original location.

Arturo Di Modica, The Sculptor

Arturo Di Modica was born in in the small Sicilian city of Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa, January 26, 1941, the same city where the young jazz player Francesco Cafiso, the swimmer Luca Marin and Me were born. The bull, also known as the Wall Street Bull, has become the sculptor one of the most famous sculptors in the United States and operates a tourist attraction, second only to the Statue of Liberty now.

Di Modica said he created the gleaming, muscular sculpture after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the “strength, power and hope of the American people for the future.”

It has become a public symbol of American capitalism and of the historic Financial District. It is a good thing and a compelling piece of art. It cost the artist more than $300,000 to create, cast and install his beast. To recoup his expenses, he planned to sell other versions of the bull to cities around the world, and he has made some progress. In 2010, China was due to get its own reddish-colored charging bull in Shanghai’s financial square on the Bund.

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