MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor ofWall Street's "Charging Bull" statue has died in his home townof Vittoria, Sicily, Italian media reported on Saturday, citingfriends of the Italian artist.
Di Modica, who recently turned 80, had been fighting cancerfor many years, La Repubblica daily said.
Located in Bowling Green at the heart of Manhattan'sfinancial district, the 7,100-pound sculpture, Di Modica's mostfamous, became a symbol of New York City.
Originally appearing as guerrilla art, it was unofficiallyinstalled in front of the New York Stock Exchange by Di Modicain 1989 and intended to convey the fighting spirit of the UnitedStates and of New York.
After police seized the sculpture, public outcry led thecity's parks department to reinstall it days later at itscurrent location nearby.(Reporting by Gianluca Semeraro, Editing by Kirsten Donovan)