In addition to having their pictures taken at the front end of the bull, many tourists pose at the back of the bull, near the large testicles "for snapshots under an unmistakable symbol of its virility. " According to a Washington Post article in 2002, "People on The Street say you've got to rub the nose, horns and testicles of the bull for good luck, tour guide Wayne McLeod would tell the group on the Baltimore bus, who would giddily oblige. " A 2004 New York Times article said, "Passers-by have rubbed—to a bright gleam—its nose, horns and a part of its anatomy that, as Mr. Benepe put it gingerly, 'separates the bull from the steer. '" A 2007 newspaper account agreed that a "peculiar ritual" of handling the "shining orbs" of the statue's scrotum seems to have developed into a tradition. One visitor, from Mississippi, told the Tribeca Trib she did it "for good luck", and because "there's a kind of primal response when you see something like that. You just have to engage it. " The enthusiastic reaction to the sculpture continues into the darker hours. "I've seen people do some crazy things to that bull", said a souvenir vendor, "At night sometimes, when people have been drinking, I’ve seen them do stuff to that bull that you couldn’t print in a newspaper. "
Charging Bull , which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull , is a bronze sculpture that stands in Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan , New York City . Originally guerrilla art , installed unofficially by Arturo Di Modica its popularity led to it being a permanent feature.
Maestro Arturo Di Modica is one of the greatest living sculptors of the modern era. His stellar reputation has been carved out by decades of commitment to the craft, rigorous discipline and passionate dedication.