I’m heading for the bull on Wall Street which is the street where there are ferries to Liberty Island and Staten Island. The Charging Bull, the “bull attack” also known as the Bowling Green Bull, because it is located in the square in Bowling Green and is at the end of the famous diagonal street, “Broadway”.
It is assumed that the statue symbolizes the upward trend of the financial market and the city of New York had commissioned it as a symbol of the strength of the nation. It is surprising, therefore, to find that the placement of the statue was not an initiative planned by the Town Hall.
Curious as I am, I don’t stop to take pictures, like the classic tourists, ignoring history and stopping to note that the appearance of the bull may simply appear as a symbol, for an aggressive broker. First of all I need to say who the artist is, of this massive bronze bull, He is an Italian! I mention this, just to dispel the myth that Italians in America aren’t only the mafia! Arturo Di Modica, to be precise. However, the history of this bull is unusual and eavesdropping on the leader of a group of Spanish tourists, she sounds as if she is telling a fairy tale to children. In fact, on the morning of December 16, 1989, to the surprise of financial market participants who came to the New York Stock Exchange, a stunning new “addition” was there for them, right across the street, to be admired: the statue of a bull. Given the size of the sculpture (about 4,000 pounds, about 4 meters high and more than 5 meters in length) it certainly could not be ignored, so the directors of the building tried to figure out how the installation had been carried out, without their knowing. The Town Hall denied any involvement in the project and before noon all realized that the statue was a classic “April Fool’s Joke,” but out of season.
While researching the origins of the work, it seemed the artist, with serenity and audacity, distributed booklets on his work as a sculptor, and in particular the Charging Bull, right there, next to the statue. So, if instead of following the trail of the missing documents, those gentlemen could have gone to the front of the building, and that would’ve solve the mystery of the statue, in an instant. The work had reached its destination on a truck equipped with a platform and in the eight minutes between one police patrol and another, the statue was removed from its wooden box and placed on the ground.
However, no one had ordered the statue, and then the statue disappeared. Some allege that the police came to remove the bronze sculpture, moving it to an area for seized property, as if it was a car parked illegally, while others claim that the company that runs the Exchange rented a truck and requested the removal of the sculpture, but never had the opportunity to act. The company that Di Modica had worked for supported him and people immediately fell in love with the sparkling, strong, gigantic animal. There was immediately a series of public actions of protest at its removal and this convinced the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to temporarily install the statue in Bowling Green. Where it was located originally was not welcome, as well as being inappropriate with its surroundings.
Since then, the Charging Bull has a reputation that equals, and perhaps even exceeds, that of the older attractions of the Big Apple. The heroic action of this Italian, his “guerrilla art “and the choice of an alternative stage was well received by residents as well as fleets of tourists who come to see him every day, but its meaning, after all, is related to the way in which came to this location.
Thousands of tourists come to touch it, to have “good luck”, guess where? Yes, thousands of girls, boys, including myself, with the hope to bring good luck to the economic level, touch hopefully, the balls of the bull! Many films have included this bull in their shots of Manhattan and it has become an undeniable symbol of Wall Street.
If the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York, the angry bull is definitely its mascot!
The pictures being taken by the poor bull are divided roughly into two groups: people who are photographed in front of the bull, stroking the horns, and they are mostly families, a Japanese group, and Indian and Arab Puritans. Those who caress the testicles, are mostly young people, in particular American, Italian and Japanese. Some girls indeed seem to like doing this! A figure, that is so powerful, that it intimidates you at first glance – it is forced to be humiliated with these photos.
However, I also remember a photo, but for some strange chance, this guy was photographed while I was going to get up and my head is right in the middle of the balls. “I serve the joke on a silver plate” …( In Italy there is a way to say that’s means the joke is very easy);)