Entertainment: Death of the Sicilian sculptor Arturo Di Modica, author of the Bull of Wall Street

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Arturo Di Modica est célèbre avant tout pour son imposante sculpture de taureau en bronze de 3,2 tonnes ( 4,9 mètres de long et 3 mètres de haut), installée près de la bourse de New York. © STR / AFP Arturo Di Modica is famous above all for his imposing sculpture of a bronze bull weighing 3.2 tons (4.9 meters long and 3 meters high), installed near the New York Stock Exchange.

Sicilian sculptor Arturo Di Modica, author of the famous bronze bull symbol of Wall Street in New York, died at age 80 on the night of Friday to Saturday, Italian media reported.

Arturo Di Modica, who died at his home in Vittoria near Ragusa in southern Sicily, "had been battling cancer for years and his condition had worsened in recent weeks," La Repubblica said on its website Internet.

The Sicilian sculptor is famous above all for his imposing bronze bull sculpture of 3.2 tons (4.9 meters long and 3 meters high), installed near the New York Stock Exchange.

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The sculpture, called "Charging Bull" in English ("Taureau en charge"), had been sculpted by the artist and financed from his own pocket, or more than 350,000 dollars at the time.

The bull was installed illegally on the New York Stock Exchange, in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash, as a symbol of "the strength and power of the people". Di Modica had trucked his sculpture in December 1989 to Lower Manhattan and placed it under a Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange, like a Christmas present for New Yorkers.

After a few weeks of true artistic guerrilla warfare, the bull was finally accepted by New York City, which found its current location for it in 1989, north of Bowling Green Park at the intersection of Broadway.

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In a recent interview with La Repubblica, the sculptor had told the genesis of his project: "It was a period of crisis, the New York Stock Exchange had fallen overnight by more than 20% (...) With a few friends I wondered what I could do for 'my' city. Sure I'm from Vittoria, but I've lived in New York for over 40 years. So the idea came to me to sculpt a bull, the image of the rising stock market: it must have been a joke, a provocation. And yet it has become something serious! "

"I've been told that after the Statue of Liberty, the 'Charging Bull', a stone's throw from the Temple of Global Finance, is New York's most visited monument. It has even passed the Empire State. Building ", he had rejoiced.

The "Charging Bull" is one of New York City's most photographed works. Legend has it that scratching his nose, grabbing his horns or testicles brings good luck.

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