Who put the Ape on Wall Street?

By: Wajeeh Khan
Wajeeh Khan
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on Oct 18, 2021
  • A 7-foot-tall bronze statue of Harambe (gorilla) appeared on Wall Street today.
  • The iconic bull statue in Manhattan was covered with bananas to make a point.
  • The demonstration was a satire on capitalism that only helps the rich get richer.

Years after Harambe was shot dead by the Cincinnati Zoo authorities to save a three-year-old boy who climbed into its enclosure, a 7-foot-tall bronze statue of the western lowland gorilla debuted on Wall Street today.

Wall Street has become ‘bananas’

The giant statue of Harambe found a spot in Bowling Green Park, facing Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull statue. What followed were thousands of bananas that surrounded the iconic bull statue illustrating the need to address wealth disparity.

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According to the founders of Sapien.Network, who were behind the appearance of Harambe in Manhattan, bananas will be distributed to the New York-based community fridges and local food banks and were there only to make a point that the Wall Street had become “bananas” as it fails to be inclusive of the everyday people.

A satire on capitalism

The demonstration, as per the organisers, was a satire on capitalism that helped the rich get richer but left an average American behind. They said:

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. 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.

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