Now that Occupy Wall Street’s encampment has been cleared out since mid-November and their activities significantly reduced, people are getting a little sick of the NYPD’s tourist unfriendly barricades surrounding Arturo DiModica’s famed “Charging Bull” sculpture in Lower Manhattan.

The chairman of the Bowling Green Association wants the obstructions removed so visitors can once again fondle its bronze bullocks and spend money in the area, but the authorities say it must be protected from potential protesters and their propensity to molest it.

Although we’re not fans of barriers littering the city and its cultural venues, there is something exceptionally ironic about the NYPD protecting the same piece of illegal street art they impounded when it was first installed. (Photo: David Shankbone/flickr)