Arturo Di Modica

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Arturo Di Modica (born January 26, 1941) is a wealthy Italian-American artist, born in Vittoria, Sicily, best known for his sculpture Charging Bull[1] (also known as the Wall Street Bull), which he installed without permission in front of the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989.[2] The work cost US$360,000 of the artist's own money. The three-ton bronze piece is in its current location on loan to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.[1] In 2004, Di Modica announced that the bull sculpture was for sale, on condition the buyer does not move it from its present location.[citation needed]

Di Modica installed a second similar version of the Charging Bull in Shanghai in May 2010 which draws from Western and Chinese culture and looks younger and stronger.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

The sculpture became part of a meme put out by Adbusters that publicized Occupy Wall Street, a ballerina posed, atop it, with the text "What Is Our One Demand: #OccupyWallStreet / September 17th./Bring Tent."[1]


  1. ^ a b c McKee, Yates (2016). Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition. Verso Books. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-78478-188-0. 
  2. ^ Nevius, Michelle; Nevius, James (March 24, 2009). Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City. Simon and Schuster. p. 285. ISBN 978-1-4165-8997-6. Retrieved April 4, 2011.