Sؤo Paulo (AP) – Many Brazilians felt depressed about the new Wall Street-inspired bull statue outside the stock exchange, and did not have to wait long for it to fall: one of the statues to be installed. Removed after a week.
The Sao Paulo Stock Exchange hoped to give the city center a shiny mark. But its golden luster was taken away from the daily line outside a large trade union of people in search of nearby tents and jobs for the homeless.
By Tuesday night, it was over.
Critics say the metal and fiberglass sculpture on the stock exchange’s doors does not in any way reflect Brazil’s current economic confluence or near-term prospects, as poverty and unemployment are high and inflation is in double digits. ۔ Local media have shown poor Brazilians in many cities so anxious to eat that they riot over discarded meat scraps.
“It represents the strength and resilience of the Brazilian people,” said Exchange CEO Gilson Finkelstein, unveiling it on November 16. It was sponsored by stock exchange and investor Paulo Spire.
Spire, who owns a consultancy firm called Y Turinho (“Go Little Bill” in Portuguese), said he had the honor of giving “gifts to all Brazilians”. Some locals wanted to take pictures with the statue, which resembles a charging bull in Manhattan’s financial district.
But the celebration was met with rapid protests. The next day, a dozen students put “Hunger” stickers on Bell’s body. Following their removal, SP Invisible, a non-profit group helping the poor, organized a barbecue with Bell to feed the homeless. Both demonstrations resonated widely on social media.
“This Bell is suggesting that we are experiencing some progress, but it is quite the opposite,” Vincent Lima, one of the organizers of the non-profit organization, told reporters. “Beef prices are skyrocketing. The price is double what it was before. Less and less Brazilians can afford it. That’s why we’re here.”
Over the weekend, Bell’s sponsors tried to co-operate with the protests by asking visitors to bring food for donation. Still the bull began to roar.
City Hall’s town planning agency invited the sculptor and the artist to a meeting. His main objection to the Golden Beast was that the sponsors had not been approved in advance and that it had apparently violated the law, which could be seen outside. Sao Paulo restricts outdoor advertising.
“There is a law and it must be obeyed. “Everyone should be aware of the law before doing anything,” said Vivian Rubio, an adviser to the town planning agency, during a meeting on Tuesday afternoon. “We need to tell you before we put you there,” he said.
Bell’s creator, painter and architect Rafael Brancatelli expressed outrage.
“I was not trying to be disrespectful or go head over heels. Lessons have been learned,” he said. “In another initiative, we will definitely find you first.”
Under orders from the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, a crane carried the bull Tuesday night, with its head and horns wrapped in plastic.
Maria Gomez, who has worked in the region for 30 years, said Wednesday that she was happy with the removal of the statue, which she initially thought was an advertisement for a barbecue restaurant and called it “disgusting.” Understood Still, he felt that Bell had been unfairly accused.
“It was an escape bill,” said Gomez, 67. But it is in fact the center of the same declining city years ago.