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  • Arturo Di Modica is an Italian-American artist, born in Vittoria, Sicily, best known for his sculpture Charging Bull, which he installed without permission in front of the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989. The work cost US$360,000 of the artist's own money. The piece is now on loan to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation who have placed it in nearby Bowling Green park. In 2004, Di Modica announced that the bull sculpture was for sale, on condition the buyer does not move it from its present location. Di Modica installed a second similar version of the Charging Bull in Shanghai in May 2010 which draws from Western and Chinese culture and looks younger and stronger. A third version of the bull was placed in Amsterdam, July 4, 2012. Di Modica: "It would be good for everybody in Europe to have some kind of kick from the mascot. Europe is in an economic crisis. Think positive! Together we will go up!" Di Modica now lives in New York City and is represented exclusively by Geist Galleries, an international private art dealership directed by Fredrik Ferrier and Jacob Harmer.

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