New York, New York: Wall Street Bull - Good Luck BurnishingThe famous angry bronze bull of the financial markets. Difficult to burnish since late 2011, when it was surrounded by barricades to keep protestors away from it.
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Amazing to see so many tourists waiting to get their picture taken with the bull. They've got it roped off, with someone coordinating the picture-taking.[Drumbabe, 02/01/2012]
This is the charging bull located on Wall Street, just north of Bowling Green Park in Manhattan.[Erik Lander, 03/09/2007]
The 13-foot-long, 3.5-ton bronze statue, "Charging Bull," was Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica's statement about the stock market crash of October 1987. Without permission, he placed the bull in front of the Stock Exchange on the night of December 15, 1989 (It was later moved a few blocks southwest to its current spot). Di Modica sells reduced-size copies of the statue to the superrich for $650,000 apiece.
I was reading your essay on statues that get rubbed for luck in various places. You speak of animal statues -- there is one animal statue that has been rubbed in a decidedly different place, however.
Down in the NYC's Financial District, there has long stood a statue of a bull (as in "the bull market", I presume). It's near the Stock Exchange, and as such, stockbrokers pass by it every day. I read a while back that if you look closely, you will notice that the testicles on the statue are brilliantly burnished -- from the hands of myriad stockbrokers rubbing the statue there every day for luck on their way to work.[Kimberly Wadsworth, 01/14/2003]