Saturday, 10 January 2009


The Charging Bull is a 3,200 kg. (7000 pound) bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that sits in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in New York City. It depicts a bull, as a symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge. The sculpture, as well as being a tourist destination and much photographed, has come to be an unofficial symbol the the Financial District itself, and often appears in the media to punctuate stories about optimism in the financial markets.

However, in the aftermath of the meltdown occasioned by the 'toxic debt' farrago and the 'credit crunch' hysteria, it must be clear even to those with severely impaired mental facilities, that the symbolism of 'The Charging Bull' is completely misplaced and inappropriate.

The Bull needs hurling into the East River and new, more relevant statue or statues erected in its place, that might serve to warn future generations from ever being suckered into financial self-destruction again.

How about?
Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 - March 1947) lived for 23 months after losing its head, symbolises the chaotic, uncontrolled and negligent behaviour, demonstrated by many within the financial sector.

A Fat Cat reflecting the 'wholly unwarranted' pay taken by top executives at the expense of other staff and shareholders

A Snake in The Grass - reflecting the public's revulsion and opinion of those responsible for engendering these calamitous happenings.

So there we have it - a marble plinth bedecked with A HEADLESS CHICKEN, A FAT CAT & A SNAKE IN THE GRASS. Or to economise in this period of recession, repossessions and redundancies, just one statue of A FAT HEADLESS SNAKE!

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