Photographer's Note

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.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-05-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/2.4, 1/160 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-11 21:12
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Points: 36
Additional Photos by Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
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