Mayor: 'Fearless Girl' can stay on Wall Street, for now

Pressure is mounting to keep the hugely popular "Fearless Girl" statue in her spot of symbolic defiance - facing down the iconic charging bull statue on Wall Street.

"Fearless Girl" was created by the sculptor Kristen Visbal and erected in Bowling Green, a small park, by the financial firm State Street Global Advisors in honor of International Women's Day in March.

The creator of the Manhattan financial district's "Charging Bull" sculpture has no claim under USA law against those who put a statue of a girl defiantly standing up to the bull across from it, according to a Columbia University art law professor.

The statue's popularity led many to call for its permanent placement near the New York Stock Exchange.

"Fearless Girl" statue creator Kristen Visbal, center, speaks after being recognized by U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, far right, during a news conference at City Hall, Monday, March 27, 2017, in NY.

The Daily News said "Fearless Girl", which stands on Department of Transportation property, will get a longer-term permit through the department's art program.

Many see it as an inspiring symbol of gender equality. (According to a 2017 report, women hold less than a fifth of seats on US corporate boards.) The Bull's creator Di Modica criticized the project of the girl standing opposite his creation, calling it a publicity stunt.

"This miraculous girl appears and creates such a powerful sensation because she spoke to the moment", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Time for men and women to work together in leadership", Visbal said.

The statue accompanies a project by State Street Global Advisors to raise awareness about the gender gap that persists in the business world. "SHE makes a difference".

"Now this girl is confronting this supposedly monstrous figure", Piccolo said. Di Modica wants the girl gone, saying the statue was an "advertising trick" fashioned by two corporate giants, including the McCann advertising firm, while his sculpture was "art".

Hopefully Wall Street's Fearless Girl is comfortable, because she's not going anywhere soon.

  • Zachary Reyes