When Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica set his 'Charging Bull' bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989, he did so stealthily
, in the middle of the night. Within hours, the exchange had it removed. Only a public outcry
prompted the city to 'temporarily' place it nearby in Lower Manhattan - where the bull has been ever since.
989年，当美籍意大利艺术家莫迪卡(Arturo Di Modica)把他的华尔街铜牛雕塑放置在纽约证券交易所(New York Stock Exchange)门前时，他只能在半夜偷偷地进行这项工作。几个小时之内，纽约证交所就把它移走了。在公众的呼吁下，纽约市才把它暂时放置在证交所附近的曼哈顿下城地区，这尊铜牛从此便一直站在这个地方。
No such trepidation greeted Di Modica's new bull for Shanghai (read more here and here). When the commissioned sculpture
was unveiled Saturday morning, it was standing
on its own red carpet
. To applause
, local government financial
affairs officials, led by Vice Mayor Tu Guangshang, pulled back a red velvet
covering on the surprisingly
Fang Xinghai, director
general of financial
services office for Shanghai's government, used a speech at the ceremony
to suggest Deng Xiaoping would have approved, quoting China's economic reformarchitect
as underscoring the importance of financialsystem
development to an economy's health.
Speaking in Italian, Di Modica said his 'gift' to China reflects how impressed he is with the country.
Left unexplained was the positioning of the bull's posterior: its high backside is squarely
directed at the lions outside a 1923 neoclassical building across the street that was originally
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. headquarters
and which long represented the city's colonial
past; the bull's eyes, in turn, gaze in the direction of Shanghai's modern Pudong financial
district on the opposite side of the river - though that view is blocked by a wall.
铜牛的方位令人寻味：它高耸的尾部直直指向街对面一幢建于1923年的新古典主义建筑外的石狮子，那里原本是汇丰银行(Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp.)的总部，长期以来代表着这座城市作为殖民地的历史；相应地，铜牛的眼睛则注视着江对岸现代化的上海浦东金融区的方向，虽然一堵 挡住了铜牛的视线。
On Saturday the bull's face actually
looked at steps to a temporary
stage for a riverside
Dior fashion show and all night party.
Di Modica says his new bronze
bull is styled to appear younger, representing the vibrancy of China, but is otherwiseidentical
in size and weight to Manhattan's version
. The New York bull is a much photographed, climbed and stroked sculpture
, a globally recognized icon.
Once the Shanghai dignitaries finished posing with what they are calling
the 'Bund Financial Bull' - a local magistrate was the first to rub the bull's 'lucky' male anatomical parts - crowds poured in for their own photographs and kept coming all weekend.
The immediate enthusiasm
seemed to suggest the Bund Bull may become a symbol
for Shanghai as it has for New York.
Yet, there to block the ordinary folks from actuallytouching
their new bull, at least for now, is a rope encircling the sculpture
guards to keep them away from the sacred
cow Shanghai hopes will bring it financial