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7,100 lb Street Art

Street art schmeet art. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, but I’m used to it being everywhere, from tags to wheat paste, its so common nowadays that it almost blends into the background. It really takes a piece out of the ordinary to grab my always-occupied attention.

That said, what about a 7000lb bronze bull? Uh, yea, that would definitely stand out! What most people don’t realize, is that the massive “Charging Bull” sculpture which sits near Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan was in fact originally an act of guerrilla street art. How incredible is that?

After the 1987 stock market crash, artist Arturo Di Modica spent $360,000 to create, cast and install “Charging Bull.” Meant to be a symbol of “the strength and power of the American people,” Di Modica trucked it and dumped it below a giant Christmas tree in Lower Manhattan near Wall Street as a Christmas gift to the people of New York in 1989.

At first, the police seized it and dragged it to impound, but the protesting public led them to install it at its current location in Bowling Green, infront of the Standard Oil Building.  It has since become an extremely popular tourist site, tourists particulary love having their picture taken with the bull’s balls (now polished from so much touching) .The sculpture is still technically temporary, standing due to a temporary permit, that has been in place since 1989.

Who: Arturo Di Modica

What: Charging Bull

Where: 26 Broadway, New York, NY

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