The Charging Bull, or Wall Street Bull, isnt just any statue. It is one of the most popular statues in New York City, and perhaps the world. The bronze figure of a bull preparing to charge measures 11 feet in height and weighs 7,000 pounds.
The Charging Bull was created by Arturo Di Modica, an artist originally from Sicily. The statue was unceremoniously dropped off outside the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of the night by the artist himself in 1989. The police swiftly carted off the unsolicited bull. Soon after, the parks commissioner had it placed in its current resting spot at the northern tip of Bowling Green Park. The bull has been a huge hit with the public ever since.
Di Modica created the bull after the 1987 stock market crash and said his work represented "the strength, power and hope of the American people for the future."
The bulls home two blocks south of Wall Street is supposed to be temporary even though it has been there since 1989. Its installation on public land has never been approved.
The bull is a popular photo spot for many tourists. People love to have their pictures taken while standing beside the fierce looking head, climbing on top of the bull, or even posing next to the anatomically detailed backside.
The bulls peculiar appeal attracts visitors from all over the world. Rubbing the bull is common, perhaps for good luck?
The bull is located on Broadway at Bowling Green Park in Lower Manhattan.
Because of its position between Wall Street and Battery Park, the bull makes the perfect stop-off when visiting these or other attractions in the area.
The closest subway stop is Bowling Green Station (4 and 5 trains).