This Month In History
The Charging Bull, Wall Streetís famous bronze mascot, weighs 7,000 pounds and measures 18 feet long.
Di Modica spent over two years and $350,000 of his own money creating the Charging Bull in his Soho studio. The bull, which weighs 7,000 pounds and measures 18 feet long, was cast in three sections and welded together.
For several nights, Di Modica cased the area where he planned to leave the Charging Bull. He had seen the police regularly patrolling Manhattanís Financial District and knew he only had minutes to work before being discovered. With the help of a large group of friends, a rented crane, and a flatbed truck, Di Modica lowered the 3 Ĺ ton bull under a Christmas tree on Broad Street as his gift to the city.
The next day, Di Modica returned to watch the reaction of residents, tourists, and the arrival of the media. Unfortunately, by the end of the day the New York State Stock Exchange had the bull removed.
With the help of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and community activists, Di Modica was able to find a permanent home for the Bull at Bowling Green just blocks from Wall Street. Today, itís a major tourist attraction and one of Manhattanís most photographed works of art.