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Wall Street’s Famous ‘Charging Bull’ Gets Purportedly Defaced By Man With Banjo
By Thanussha Priyah, 09 Sep 2019
Image via astudio / Shutterstock.com
The Wall Street’s Charging Bull statue in New York, a representation of the bullish spirit of the American dream, has been damaged by a man using what seemed to be a banjo.
The incident saw a man damaging the 7,100-pound statue with a metal object which witnesses have detailed to be a solid metal banjo.
The perpetrator has been identified as Tevon Varlack from Dallas, Texas, who has been arrested for criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon.
Though the motive has not been specified, the damage resulted in dents on the bull’s horn and a tear along the bronze work by Arturo Di Monica.
The statue was installed on 15 December 1989 as a “gift” to the country, and was placing under a Christmas tree on the street at night.
Since then, some have perceived the work to be an epitome of American capitalism and financial power. The artist also installed statues akin to the Charging Bull in Shanghai and outside Amsterdam’s stock exchange.
The statue has taken various personifications. In 2011, it was an icon by members of the Occupy wall-street movement to symbolize corporate greed. In 2017, blue paint was spilled on the statue to show support to the Paris Climate agreement.
In the same year, another statue of a courageous little girl staring back at the bull was installed by artist Kristen Visbal. The Fearless Girl statue was placed in front of the bull to showcase female leadership in business as the statue of the little girl stares back the bull valiantly.
[via The Independent, images via astudio / Shutterstock.com]
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