Bulls on Parade


Charging Bull, New York

After the 1987 stock market crash artist Di Modica created the Charging Bull sculpture as a symbol of the strength and power of the American people. The sculpture was first placed on Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The statue was impounded by the police but after a public outcry the statue was replaced, this time in its permanent place in the plaza at Bowling Green looking up Broadway.

The statue has become one of the city’s most photographed artworks and a very popular tourist attraction. During my visit it was crowded with people and the fenced in area guarded by two police officers. It has since become a tradition to touch the Bull’s, for lack of a better word, balls and the bronze in that area has become well polished.

The Charging Bull is featured in my post The Lost Landmarks.

The Lost Landmarks

Here they are. My suggestions of landmarks that I think are a must see and that weren’t present on the 60 Landmarks to See Before You Die article. I haven’t been to every country so my short list is compiled from places that I have personally been and photographed.

Now I can recommend them to you.

If you have a landmark that you feel should be included please feel free to share and together we can create a personalised collection of recommended landmarks to visit.

The Lost Landmarks

Thanks to The Blue Spade for the suggestion that inspired this post.

Further Reading:

Landmarks You Must See

Below is a compiled list of 60 landmarks that you apparently must see before you die. I was slightly disappointed with my low score of only eight. When compiling these types of lists i can see how it would be difficult to include everything but these are places to see before you die, surely that should include all the major landmarks.

Take a look at the 60 Landmarks You Must See Before You Die.

From Australia the list only includes the Sydney Opera House and The Twelve Apostles but it doesn’t include Australia’s crowning jewel, Uluru, or even natures spectacular Great Barrier Reef. In New York, what I believe to be the city of landmarks, they forget to mention the Brooklyn Bridge and many others but do include the worthy Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

The way to look at it is that this is only 60 landmarks of a much larger list. Really, I feel like it is saying you need to see all of these landmarks before you die PLUS all the others that we have missed.

Now, that’s a lot.

If I visited one a year then it would take me sixty years, maybe a little less as there are some landmarks in the same location. Then there is all the other places I would like to visit. Maybe it is time to get on the road again and start ticking a few of these off, who knows when I am going to die.

After all this debating and taking this way too seriously, I have just decided to use this as a guide for future travel and reminder of the places I still need to visit. It is easy to criticise, I am just one persons opinion, just like the person who made this list.

So, what do you think of it? How many places have you visited? What Landmarks do you think are missing?

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Grand Central Station, New York

Probably not actually rush hour but still a crowded Grand Central Station. Capturing the movement of the people moving through the station I think is a good example of the daily post topic Blur.

If you would like to see more from my trip to New York try the following posts:

9/11 Memorial

Lady Liberty