I profess ignorance. I did not know that the “Charging Bull” sculpture down on Wall Street was a gift from the artist, Arturo Di Modica, who delivered the bull, in secret, to the NYSE on 12/15/89. Since the artist did not have a permit to publicly display the work, the bull was towed away and ignobly impounded in a Queens truck company parking lot. New Yorkers are a people who value art and public expression: news coverage created enough pressure on city officials to find a home for the “capitalistic cattle” in Bowling Green Park for the next three months. Public sentiment for the tourist attraction made the bull a permanent fixture in Lower Manhattan.
This is the front page story in the Newark Star Ledger this morning…. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/wall_streets_charging_bull_sta.html
Apparently, folks are afraid the OWS protests are a threat to the 3.5 ton Bull? Really?
UPDATE: I added a relatively recent example of free speech around The Bull for us to review.