A few years ago Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull” statue was joined by the defiant “Fearless Girl”…and now a gorilla is joining the group.
According to AFP/Getty, a seven-foot-tall bronze gorilla statue was placed in the famous financial location on Monday, Oct. 18 by Sapien.Network — a social networking platform still being developed.
The creation depicts the famous gorilla Harambe, who was killed by zookeepers in 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo after picking up and dragging a child who climbed into the creature’s enclosure. As it was all recorded on video, it sparked a media frenzy and lots of debate on the nature of zoos and also using lethal force against animals.
In this case however, the statue isn’t paying homage to Harambe as much as it is making more of a political statement about wealth in the U.S. The group said it “represents the millions of everyday people who struggle under a system that enriches wealthy elites and leaves the average person behind.”
The statue also arrived with a huge amount of bananas, which are now surrounding the bull. Those will be shared with local food pantries after their use, also to protest wealth disparity in the country.
It isn’t immediately clear if the exhibit is only temporary and how long it will be in place, so if you’re interested in checking it out in person, get there sooner rather than later!
Find it at Bowling Green between Broadway & Whitehall St.