Day after day, tourists crowd around Charging Bull, a bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica. Originally installed by the Italian artist as a piece of guerilla art following the 1987 stock market crash, it was adopted by the city as an official landmark. After you swing by, escape the crowds and enjoy a modern art walk through the narrow, winding streets of the Financial District.
Three mid-to-late century staples in the neighborhood, Keith Haring’s Untitled (Figures Balancing on Dog) (1986), Jean Dubuffet’s Group of Four Trees (1972) and Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube (1968), shouldn’t be missed. The best part? Each piece is a work of public art, free for all to see.
Dubuffet’s whimsical Group of Four Trees (1 Chase Manhattan Plz.) stands out against the straight lines of the Chase Manhattan Plaza. From there, walk west to see Noguchi’s Red Cube (140 Broadway). Installed in the late ’60s, the steel sculpture, colored bright red, pops against the black skyscrapers that surround it. Finally, make your way south to Haring’s untitled sculpture (17 State St.). The steel structure perfectly embodies the spirit of the late artist, known for his iconic imagery from radiant babies to barking dogs.