Wall Street's 'Charging Bull' statue will be relocated after drawing protests for years

charging bull statue wall street protestIn this freeze frame made from a video stage blood covers the iconic &quotCharging Bull" statue near Wall Street on Monday Oct. 7, 2019, in New York. Demonstrators say they were protesting against a lack of government action against climate change.Ted Shaffrey/AP

  • The famous "Charging Bull" statue will soon be moved from its spot in Bowling Green Park, a representative for the New York City mayor's office told the Wall Street Journal.
  • The statue, created by artist Arturo Di Modica, has served as the focal point for numerous protests over the years, including 2011's Occupy Wall Street movement. The spokesperson cited "the safety of New Yorkers" for the relocation.
  • Discussions between the mayor's office and the artist's spokesman hint at the bull being moved closer to the New York Stock Exchange. It's unknown when the move would take place.
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Lower Manhattan's "Charging Bull" statue won't reside in Bowling Green Park for much longer.

The famous statue will soon be moved "to protect the safety of New Yorkers" living in the surrounding neighborhood, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jane Meyer, told the Wall Street Journal.

The mayor's office reached out to the bull's sculptor, Arturo Di Modica, on October 23 to coordinate the move, the artist's spokesman Arthur Piccolo told WSJ.

Discussions between the sculptor's spokesman and city officials signal the bull may be moved closer to the New York Stock Exchange, according to WSJ. It's not yet known when the move would take place.

The statue has served as a focal point for demonstrations for years. The Occupy Wall Street movement brought the "Charging Bull" to center-stage in 2011, as protesters returned to the statue for weeks to protest economic inequality. More recently, climate-change protesters poured fake blood on the statue as part of a "die-in" event on October 7.

The relocation is drawing its own share of pushback. Di Modica is opposed to the move and believes the statue should remain in Bowling Green Park, Piccolo said.

"The bull has been in Bowling Green Park for nearly 30 years and it's the perfect location," Piccolo told WSJ. "There's no reason to move it now."

The statue was first placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989 before its relocation to Bowling Green Park.

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