Since September 17, the first day of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, Arturo Di Modica‘s “Charging Bull” (1989) — known colloquially as “The Wall Street Bull” — has been penned in by barricades by the NYPD, ostensibly for fear that protesters might damage the beloved pro-capitalism sculpture. But after almost nine months, area residents are asking the NYPD to let the bull go free.
On Wednesday night the Financial District Committee of Manhattan’s Community Board 1 unanimously approved a resolution asking the police department to remove the metal barricades surrounding Di Modica’s sculpture, DNAinfo reported. The reason for the request has nothing to do with a desire to secure access to the artwork, or to ensure access to public space, but rather to make sure tourists are safe.
Because the barricades cut off access to the entire raised island where the statue is installed, tourists hoping to photograph it are forced to walk in the street. “The police have created a dangerous situation,” according to Bowling Green Association chairman Arthur Piccolo. “We’re going to have a tragedy here. It’s a chaotic, unreasonable situation.”
The NYPD has not responded to the request yet — perhaps what they’re really afraid of is another Olek yarnbombing.
— Benjamin Sutton