But this three-ton bronze statue, officially called Charging Bull, wasn’t something anyone on Wall Street had commissioned.
One day in 1989, it simply appeared in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street.
So who put it there? The sculptor, Arturo Di Modica. After the stock market crash of 1987, with the country headed toward a recession, Di Modica spent close to $400,000 of his own cash to create the 16-foot bull, an emblem of the “strength and power of the American people.”
The next day, crowds gathered around the massive bull—and the NYSE had it hauled away, a Christmas gift they didn’t ask for.
But it was a hit with the public, so a few days later, the city agreed to move it two blocks south near Bowling Green, where it remains today—a hugely popular tourist attraction temporarily barricaded to protect it from Occupy Wall Street.
Top photo: Herval; bottom: Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger