This Month In History
December 2016


This Month in NYS History Ė The Charging Bull was Gifted to New York City Ė December 15, 1989

The Charging Bull, Wall Streetís famous bronze mascot, weighs 7,000 pounds and measures 18 feet long.
The Charging Bull, Wall Streetís famous bronze mascot, weighs 7,000 pounds and measures 18 feet long.
In the early morning of December 15, 1989, the Charging Bull, Wall Streetís famous bronze mascot, was dropped off in front of the New York Stock Exchange by Arturo Di Modica, an artist and Sicilian immigrant. His hope was that the sculpture would be a symbol of optimism after the 1987 stock market collapse, as well as a way to honor Americaís drive and can-do attitude.

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.

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