The iconic statue of toro de Wall Streetsymbol and tourist attraction of the financial district of New York, has been orphaned after the death at 80 years of its author, the Italian sculptor Arturo of Modica, according to local media.
Of Modica, a Sicilian artist who arrived in 1973 in the Big Apple and spent four decades of his life there, had battled cancer for several years and died yesterday Friday at his home in the town of Vittoria (Italy), according to the Italian newspaper The Republic.
His most famous work was the Charging Bull, an imposing three and a half ton bronze bull that has been a part of New York’s international image since 1989, when he placed it without permission on Wall Street and became a place of pilgrimage for visitors.
In a recent interview published today by La ReppublicaDi Modica himself explained that he created the sculpture -which cost him $ 350,000- after the stock market crash of 1987, seeing the suffering of the people and thinking about what he could do for what he already considered his city.
“It occurred to me to sculpt a bull, the image of the growing stock market: it had to be a joke, a provocation. But instead it turned into something very serious. They told me that, after the Statue of Liberty, the ‘ Bowling Green’s Chargin Bull ‘, a stone’s throw from the Temple of World Finance, is New York’s most visited monument, “he explained.
He also recalled the movie-worthy maneuver to illegally discharge a “beast” of such caliber onto the street, in a “five minute” operation while the police patrol guarding Wall Street was absent, employing a team of 40 colleagues, a truck and a crane.
The director of the New York Stock Exchange had the statue removed, but the sculptor paid a fine to recover it and the next night he placed it at a point in the financial district of Manhattan called Bowling Green, the current place where it has been 32 years .
Di Modica collided in 2017 with the new sculptural protagonist of the area, the Girl without fear by the Uruguayan-American sculptor Kristen Visbal, who was installed to celebrate Women’s Day and after her complaint was transferred in front of the Stock Exchange building.
“The message (of the bull) is for freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love. This is something negative, now the girl is right in front saying, now I’m here, what are you going to do? “, then affirmed the sculptor.
Likewise, in recent years the New York City Council had tried to move the bull for security reasons but it did not succeed either, among other things due to the opposition of its author, who argued that his work could not be used for commercial purposes without Your consent.