In New York, you don’t have to go to a museum or gallery to see amazing works of art. One of the most famous works of public art in the city is the Charging Bull – a bronze sculpture installed outside the New York Stock Exchange after the stock market crash of 1987.
The artist, Arturo Di Modica, intended the sculpture to be a piece of guerilla art that symbolized the strength and power of the American people. It has since been installed further south, at Bowling Green, where thousands of visitors wait to take their photo with the statue every day.
What many of these visitors don’t know: In the Financial District, there are plenty of lesser-known works of public art by highly-renowned artists. See Jean Dubuffet’s whimsical Group of Four Trees (1 Chase Manhattan Plaza). Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube (140 Broadway) pops against the black skyscrapers that surround it. And Keith Haring’s Untitled (17 State Street) perfectly embodies the spirit of the late artist, known for his iconic imagery such as radiant babies and barking dogs.
While you’re in the Financial District: