Over the weekend the sculptor famous for creating "The Charging Bull," Arturo Di Modica passed away in Sicily at the age of 80. He spent 350k of his own money to create the 3.5 ton statue as a symbol of the resilience of the US economy following the 1987 crash. This was not a legal operation. He discovered the cops strolled around the exchange every 7 minutes so he and 40 friends had 4 1/2 minutes to utilize a crane and truck to drop off the statue. On the morning of Friday, December 15th, 1989 Arturo and friends dropped the Bull on Broad St below the NYSE Christmas tree. It was removed by the end of the day, but after the people protested Mayor Ed Koch decided to place the bull at it's current home at Bowling Green.