The sinking economy again dominated the news headlines today, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling below 7,000 for the first time in 12 years. This is a good time to post this photo of the CHARGING BULL (sometimes called the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull). A favorite tourist photo op in Downtown Manhattan, this is a 3,200 kg (7,000 pound) bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that sits in Bowling Green park near Wall Street in New York City. The sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge.
The sculpture, one of the city's most photographed artworks, has become a tourist destination in the Financial District. It has also come to be an unofficial symbol of the Financial District itself, and it often appears in the local news media to punctuate stories about optimism in the financial market. (information from Wikipedia).