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Happy Birthday, Wall Street Bull!

The Wall st. Bull

WSB smiles for his close-up via zuf1 on Flickr

The iconic bronze bull celebrates 22 years of standing near Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.

Originally, the 7,100lb bronze sculpture, named “Charging Bull”, was dropped off near the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of the night on December 15th, 1989 as an act of guerrilla art and was left near the NYSE Christmas tree as a gift to the people of New York. Despite often being associated with Wall Street greed, the artist, Arturo Di Modica, intended the bull to represent the strength and power of the American people after the 1987 stock market crash.

Read the 1989 New York Times article about Charging Bull

Charging Bull being assembled – full video via Arturo Di Modica

After two years of work at a total cost of $300,000 to the artist, the bull was finished, loaded on a flatbed truck, and dropped off downtown late at night in the middle of Broad Street near the New York Stock Exchange. However, the bull wouldn’t stay there long, as the NYSE hired a trucking company to haul it away and it was moved to a police impound lot because the artist had no permit to install the sculpture. By December 21st, the Parks Department decided to “temporarily” allow the bull to be displayed in their nearby Bowling Green Park, where the bull stands today.

Charging Bull and Arturo Di Modica in Bowling Green via ChargingBull.net

Of course, a lot has changed in 22 years, and now you can follow both The Wall St Bull and the NYSE Christmas Tree on Twitter!

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