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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Charging Through Wall Street

Wall Street, NYC
Photo by myself at Bowling Green, in the Financial District.

Visitors swarmed around the Charging Bull statue near Wall Street, despite the chill and drizzle.

A bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica, the bull was installed in 1987. It is one of the most well-known pieces of public art in New York, and has become a symbol of Wall Street. A 'bullish' market is an optimistic one.

You wouldn't believe that the sculpture is 11 feet high at its tallest point. It seems lower to the ground, its posture inviting. People were constantly in front of it (and behind it!) taking photographs.

Wall Street, NYC

Related posts: Basta Cosi (Enough), Art, for Public's Sake and At the Brooklyn Museum - The Dizzying World of Murakami.

13 comments:

Bibi said...

I like this big guy, but didn't have my photo taken with him. Some people were having their photos taken on the other end..

My WV is chingMOO!

Susu Paris Chic said...

Bullying folks on Wall Street... someone should wake 'em up a bit, right!?

Robert's Graphic Designs said...

It always reminds me the movie Hitch! Great picture.

Leif Hagen said...

Great bull photos! What a famous sculpture especially among the investment types! And that's no Bull! I just hope the Bull market keeps going! Rock on, Kitty!

Chloe said...

Wow, it is too big!
I really like the photos you take. I'll add your blog to my blog list (: XOXO ♥

Lily Hydrangea said...

These are great Kitty.
I love the one with the little girl in motion.

Fredrik said...

Great piece of art and photo! Thanks Robert, I knew I had seen that bull before.

Hilda said...

That is so cool! He looks very fierce — I hope the market is too.

pop art said...

You gotta love Wall Street!
Maybe some of the people waiting for photos were ex brokers, taking a good bye photo?
Anyway, keep up the good work.

Lozzie Cap said...

Oh, my gosh! This reminded me so strongly of the Bull statue in the iconic Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham, here in the United Kingdom.

Here's a photo by UK photographer Tim Ellis

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis/122060186/

AB said...

So, there is no charging bear?

Cherry said...

I love the one with the little girl

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed photos of this sculpture, which has to be one of my favorites in NYC.

Ha, Bibi, I saw some people on the other end, too. I have to say I prefer the front!

Hi Susu
I wish, lol.

Hi Robert
I haven't seen Hitch. Does that take place in NYC? I'll look into it!

Leif, I'm so with you. Thank goodness the market has been doing well lately. You just cannot stop people from speculating!

Thanks Chloe
Yes the thing is huge. You will see crowds around the sculpture, which is quite a nice sight.

Thanks Lily
I had fun with that one, sneaking up behind her. She was adorable.

Thanks Fredrik!

Hi Hilda
So far so good with the market. I'm quite astonished it's in such good shape, considering.

Ha Pop Art
Many of the folks around it that day were speaking French. I'm glad so many people know it's there. It's amazing that public art is alive and strong.

Hi Lozzie
Thanks for the link. The photo on Flickr looks like a Botero to me. I'd love to know more about it.

Ha AB
I would love to see both sides represented. After all, people short sell shares, too.

Thanks Cherry!