Arturo Di Modica, sculptor of Wall Street bull, dies at 80
FILE - In this April 12 2017 file photo, Arturo Di Modica holds a model of his Charging Bull sculpture during a news conference in New York. Di Modica, the artist who sculpted the bronze bull statue in New York, an iconic symbol of Wall Street, has died in his native Sicily. Di Modica died at his home in Vittoria on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 the town said in a statement. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated2021-02-20 22:11:15-05
ROME (AP) — The artist who sculpted the bronze bull statue near the New York Stock Exchange that became an iconic symbol of Wall Street has died in his hometown in Sicily at age 80.
The town of Vittoria said Arturo Di Modica died at his home on Friday evening. Di Modica had been ill for some time.
The sculptor lived in New York for more than 40 years. He arrived in 1973 and opened an art studio in the city’s SoHo neighborhood.
With the help of a truck and crane, Di Modica installed the 3.5-ton Charging Bull without permission on the night of Dec. 16, 1989.
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