One more beast to round out my recent trio, but this time, an artist’s rendition situated in the heart of NYC’s financial district…seems natural to follow-up with this big guy in an urban setting now, yeah?
The sculptures creator, Arturo Di Modica, first conceived of the ‘Charging Bull’ as a way to celebrate the can-do spirit of America and especially New York, where people from all over the world could come regardless of their origin or circumstances, and through determination and hard work overcome every obstacle to become successful. It’s this symbol of virility and courage that Arturo saw as the perfect antidote to the Wall Street crash of 1986.
Arturo worked on the now famous Charging Bull for over two years at his studio on Crosby Street, in the Soho district of Manhattan. It was his most ambitious and massive work of sculpture to date, so large that the Bull had to be cast in separate bronze pieces and then welded together and hand finished. Upon completion at the end of 1989, it weighed over three and a half tons (3499kg) and measured 18 feet long (5.5m).
In the early morning hours of Friday, December 15, 1989, Arturo with a few friends dropped the Charging Bull on Broad Street right in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The previous night he’d gone to scout the location, noting that every 5 – 6 minutes a police patrol would come by, knowing he’d have to drop the bull and get away within 4 ½ minutes. But on the actual morning of the operation, Arturo and his crew discovered that during the day the NYSE had installed a large Christmas tree, blocking the way. Arturo couldn’t even turn the truck around. So on the spot, Arturo decided to place the Charging Bull right under the tree, as a gigantic Christmas present for the city and the world. The next day the Charging Bull was big news, and enormous crowds of excited onlookers and media surrounded the mysterious sculpture that had come from seemingly nowhere.
The sculpture was removed at the end of the day by the NYSE, but thanks to then Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, Mayor Ed Koch and Arturo Piccolo of the Bowling Green Association, a permanent home was found for the Charging Bull close by at Bowling Green. The Charging Bull stands there to this day, visited by millions of tourists, a symbol for Wall Street traders, and a source of pride for all New York City residents.
It was so crowded with other tourists taking pictures, I had to return twice to finally obtain an unobstructed shot. I didn’t even realize for the longest time, there’s actually a person crouching down behind the bulls back legs…I always thought it was odd that the gentleman you see here was amused while looking straight down the South end of a North bound bull!? :)
Thanks for stopping by.
P.S., If you’re wondering…yes, I did steal the title from a Rage Against the Machine song.
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macjake (58862) 2014-03-11 22:25
Pretty cool looking Bull isnt. I have a photo of the bulls prize possessions from the back end aswell haha
for some reason its irrestible lol
Love the choice of angle, the bull really does appear to be moving quickly, very cool.
And i had NO idea about the story behind it....very cool too, i'll always remember that one!
see you around
emka (82572) 2014-03-11 23:24
Hello Jason, I well remember this bull but I was impatient and went away because it was big queue of Chinese wanting to have a photo with V-sign near it. Fine composition, you found splendid POV. Funny this person between the legs. What is he looking at??
WArm regrads MAlgo
mirosu (15102) 2014-03-12 0:49
Excellent shiny bull statue close up photo. I'm surprised that it is situated in NY and not in Texas. Nice tight crop and superb arrangement with the man standing behind.
Very well done.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-12 1:35
"Charging bull" as a synonym of New Yorkers spirit looks superb and indeed captures well their spirit and attitude(at least I think so)
Great capture my friend and really great series!
Was definitely worth to wait and come back later to capture it.And again you were really brave to stand eye to eye with a bull:)
Excellent perspective and what I love here the most-it´s the shiny look of the sculpture.
Happy Hump day:)
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2014-03-12 4:41
an interesting sculpture of bull is here. Just like the same from Indian stock exchange. Captured beautifully with sharp details and fine colours. Nice to see the man smiling behind it. Excellent moment captured indeed. Tfs.
Sergiom (63979) 2014-03-12 5:56
Un simple face à face avec le symbole de la puissance de l'argent et de Wall Street. Tu as été chanceux d’être seul en tête à tête avec le célèbre buffle. Il y a tellement de touristes autour normalement.
ikeharel (60363) 2014-03-12 8:10
A big bull on Wall-Street, maybe with the spirit of te recent 32 years of the great Bull-Market in the USA, Jason.
Just wonder which bull will remain in the aftermath of yet another crisis.
Fine shot my friend,
serp2000 (41356) 2014-03-12 11:02
Hi, dear friend,
You can already make The Bulls folder. May I wait for the fourth example ;) Once I've been here on the Wall St. but this bull was just plastered with the Chinese tourists. I see somebody creates new installation for a family album "We were in New York". But I sure your point of view more interesting. ;)
Greetings from the spring Ural's town,
nikkitta (15762) 2014-03-12 13:48
Hola mi palido amgo del far North
NOnly once , when in NY, saw people standing watching something and it was this impresive bull, so a huge crowd that I left ( to have a walk along the Brooklyng Bridge)
Thanks for your interesting note
You wait and obtained a capture of the bull well placed with good light and people helping to know how very big this statue is
The person at the back is waiting for a photo, it seems
Well done, claps from the South
Royaldevon (31791) 2014-03-12 15:38
I can only say, 'Well done'!
WE tried several times to get a picture of the bull but every time it was surrounded by tourists and, also, covered in tourists; they were sitting on its back, climbing up its legs, steering with its horns (forgive the pun) or balancing by its tail!
I love the close crop!
The bull is, as it should be, dominating the frame!
I'm sure I saw it scraping its front hoof, ready to charge!
The texture and patina of the bull's surface is excellent!
I'm very curious about what the person at the bull's rear is doing! Maybe that's why the bull looks so angry!!
My warm regards,
ourania (34433) 2014-03-12 15:38
this is a very impressive picture -and rare, from what I gather from the comments of friends who have been there wishing to photograph the Bull too. I like how you describe the artist's concept in your note, looking at the Charging Bull on the way to work every morning must have been great encouragement for people working in Wall Street. The values and methods of Wall Street have caused tremendous side effects on people, companies and whole countries though, and we've been severely affected in Greece too. Maybe now we are in need of the inspiration and energy boost offered by the magnificent sculpture.
I like very much how it occupies the whole frame and how its power is barely held within the borders. Superb dynamism and sense of action that's not undermined at all by the street details and the presence of the people. The texture, the colour and the sheens are marvelous, I also like its soft shadow. Great picture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
PS Thank you so much for your comment on my "blue" picture, you saw so much as if you had actually been there!
worldcitizen (7301) 2014-03-13 9:18
It's great that you followed your live bull photos with this one!! I think you're the only one on TE so far to have a "bull series". :-) You accomplished the almost impossible task of photographing this bull with no people on it, so kudos to you!
Waylim (25368) 2014-03-13 9:39
A meander looking bull, and read to charge, I would run like H if it's a real one. I see some people taking picture of its behind too. That would be cute and funny. Nice that you have the U.S. Postal vehicle in it too, that will soon be in the museaum like pay phone booth :) NYC is really a wonderful place for photos of anything and everything. I was here pre911 days. I still have picture of the twin towers. Wish to be here again soon. Good pict with good quality. have a nice day.
mcmtanyel (14939) 2014-03-13 13:59
This bull is a bit shiny compared to the last two you have photographed. It might use a bit of hair, too, those prairies might get a bit chilly for its bald hide.
Well seen and rendered.
Noel_Byrne (26105) 2014-03-14 11:29
Grrr, I like this, GRRRRR!! It makes me want to go and trade and buy and SELL SELL SELL! Haha, I guess it works its magic even on viewers on the other side of the pond. The expression in the face is brilliant, and its body language is superb, like it has stopped in a chase, and is skidding to a halt.. As mentioned above a beautiful patina and soft reflection, and the tight crop works wonders. Kudos for the trio of bulls. From warm and woolly, through zombie to bronzed and angry. A natural and beautiful progression. Nicely done, impressive series.
All the best from Ireland.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-15 11:09
Jason, that's amazing - would you believe I had no idea about this story? I had always assumed that the Bull was a sponsored piece of public art, that Merrill Lynch or someone had commissioned it. I never would have guessed at the actual origin story, especially as it's now such an iconic symbol of Wall Street!
Nice shot of it from a good angle that shows off the sculpture. Not really sure what the person crouched underneath is doing though... and pretty sure I don't want to know.
Cricri (109661) 2014-03-15 12:26
Impressionnante sculpture, tellement bien réaliser on sent la force dans ce taureau, la personne debout donne l'échelle, celui accroupi par contre je ne sais l'idée qu'il a de s'être mis là.....il y a surement une raison :-)
bon cadrage, l'effet de brillance et la note très intéressante
Cher ami Jason passe un très beau Weekend
PS) Je suis contente pour une fois je t'ai fait rire avec moi dans le trou :-)
fabbs99 (16803) 2014-03-15 23:38
Fascinating composition of the bull in the attacking mood.Great POV and good composition.Excellent composition,good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.