7-Foot-Tall Harambe Gorilla Statue Stares Down Wall Street's Charging Bull Amid 10,000 Bananas

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A 7-foot-tall bronze statue of Harambe the gorilla appeared opposite ‘s “Charging Bull” on Monday, garnering in-person crowds and leading many retail investors, who often refer to themselves as “apes,”  to expect a meme-stock surgeMarketWatch reports. Ten thousand bananas were also stacked beneath the bull. 

Wall Street, to expect a meme-stock surge, According to NBC News 4, spate of internet memes, social media

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The piece was installed by Sapien.Network, an emerging social-networking platform “dedicated to putting the needs and welfare of human beings first,” to represent just how “bananas” Wall Street has gone.

According to NBC News 4, Sapien.Network co-founders Robert Giometti, Tejay Aluru and Ankit Bhatia said they used the symbol of Harambe to stand in for the millions who struggle under a U.S. capitalist system they say “enriches wealthy elites and leaves the average person behind.”

But Giometti also told the network the display isn’t about rejecting capitalism; it’s about transforming it to empower more groups of people. “Harambe is a representation of something that lets us look at more than just ourselves,” he said. “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.” 

The bananas surrounding the bull will later be donated to local food banks and community fridges. 

The 17-year-old Cincinnati Zoo gorilla first made national headlines in 2016 when he was shot and killed after picking up and carrying around a 3-year-old boy who had fallen into his enclosure. At the time, his death spurred widespread outrage and debate over keeping primates in captivity. It also prompted a spate of internet memes and even a rap single released by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. 

Pictures of the giant gorilla facing the bull have proliferated on , making their way onto Twitter and Reddit’s WallStreetBets community.

Only time will tell if the “apes” are correct in their predictions about another meme-stock boom. 

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