The bronze statue of the gorilla who was famously shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo in 2016 has emerged in the heart of New York’s financial district, directly across from the Charging Bull statue
A 7ft tall bronze statue of the famous late gorilla Harambe has been erected on New York City’s Wall Street.
The giant ape was placed on Bowling Green Park in Downtown Manhattan, directly across from the famous Charging Bull statue.
The Charging Bull was also surrounded by 10,000 bananas – that will later be donated to local food banks and community fridges – in order to make a point about wealth disparity, NBC New York reports.
The organisers, founders of Sapien.Network said they put the statue up to show that Wall Street has become “bananas” and is completely out of touch with the needs of everyday people.
They used the symbol of Harambe – who was controversially killed in 2016 by zookeepers at Cincinnati Zoo who feared for a toddler’s safety after he fell into the gorilla’s enclosure – to represent the millions who struggle under a capitalist system they say, “enriches wealthy elites and leaves the average person behind”.
Sapien.Network co-founder, Robert Giometti, told NBC New York: “It’s not about rejecting capitalism or the current system.
“It’s about revolving them into the current future and letting them empower more groups of people.
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“Harambe is a representation of something that lets us look at more than just ourselves. What are we aspiring to as people?
“It’s about connecting. A simple gesture of giving a banana builds community. As a society, we need to come together. We can’t keep fighting to come together.”