The Miami Bull, an 11-foot, 3,000-pound statue, was unveiled on April 6 at TradeStation by Mayor Francis X. Suarez. The Bull was commissioned by TradeStation, a Miami-based finance startup, and revealed in Miami to honor the city's innovative culture as it continues to stake its claim as the world's new crypto and fintech epicenter. The monument is an artistic and modern rendition of the Charging Bull, a symbol of riches and prosperity that stands near Wall Street. The Miami Bull aims to honor Miami while also championing the latest fintech innovations worldwide, such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralized banking.
"TradeStation is thrilled to unveil the Miami Bull - a monument that celebrates the city of Miami and the future of finance," said John Bartleman, President, and CEO of TradeStation Group, Inc. "As recognized leaders in the cryptocurrency landscape, we believe that communities that embrace innovation, like Miami, are the foundation of a new digital economy. We are honored to participate in this initiative that celebrates Miami's role in building a new financial world for the future."
The Miami Bull is the creation of world-renowned creatives from advertising agency SMALL, who hired famed artist Furio Tedeschi and the groundbreaking Onyx Forge Studio to bring the ultramodern work-of-art to life, together with brand strategists from Octonano. Furio Tedeschi is an award-winning concept artist behind some of Hollywood's biggest films, including The Last Knight (2017), Bumblebee (2018), and Rise of the Beasts (2023) from the infamous Transformers film franchise. Onyx Forge, a well-known FX entertainment design and build studio best recognized for award-winning work on films like Predator (1987) and Beauty and the Beast, created the sculpture (2014).
"We are honored to present the Miami Bull to the people of this city and the world," said Maurizio Marchiori, Co-Founder, and CEO of Octonano. "This work of art memorializes Miami's role in shaping the future of finance and seeks to inspire the millions that will admire the Miami Bull for years to come."
The preview of the Miami Bull happened on Wednesday, April 6, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, timed to Bitcoin 2022, the largest cryptocurrency-focused conference with an estimated 30,000 people in attendance. After the event, the Miami Bull will be relocated as a monument on the Miami Dade College Campus. For additional information on the Miami Bull, visit the website.
"The city of Miami is committed to championing innovative ideas and transformative technologies," said Francis X. Suarez, Mayor of Miami. "The Miami Bull is a symbolic and powerful addition to our city's landscape. Its presence further reaffirms the strength of Miami's position on the financial world stage. The future of finance is here, in Miami."
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