Manhattan bull twin shows up in Amsterdam


A ‘twin’ of the famous Charging Bull sculpture that was placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 has appeared overnight in central Amsterdam, with Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica once again responsible for the installation. Originally intended to be an optimistic reaction to the Wall Street crash of 1987, the Netherlands installation is seen as a response to the ongoing eurozone crisis. The bull caused a storm of controversy when the ‘guerrilla art’ structure was placed without permission in its highly public setting over twenty years ago, and this appears to be what is happening in Amsterdam, too. However, despite officials from the city initially ordering the statue to be removed immediately, it is now believed that they are rethinking this and considering the possibility of it being relocated to another part of the main square. Amsterdam is just one of the many historic cities and towns you will be able to explore on our Rhine river cruises, and the new Charging Bull has now added to an already impressive list of sights on show. Image credit: James Manners (flickr.com)