Return of the charging bull
After a 1,5 year-long renovation process, the statue of the ‘charging bull’ has returned to Beursplein. The bull was secretly placed in July 2012 at the initiative of the recently deceased Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica (January 26, 1941 - February 19, 2021). It is a scaled-down version of the "charging bull" that the artist placed 23 years earlier - also without consultation - in front of the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. The symbolism of the statue is still as prevalent today: Di Modica wanted to spread the message to Europe to stay positive, even during economic downtimes.