'Charging Bull' artist wants 'Fearless Girl' out of the way

In the 18 years since, it has become an institution.

The Italian-born creator of Wall Street's Charging Bull has demanded the removal of Fearless Girl statue, saying it violates his artistic copyrights. The artist claimed that the Fearless Girl change the message of the bull and even derived its name there because of the Charging Bull's presence.

People take photographs of the "The Fearless Girl" statue as it stands across from the iconic Wall Street charging bull statue, March 8, 2017 in New York City.

A statue of a girl facing the Wall Street Bull is seen, as part of a campaign by USA fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in New York March 7, 2017.

Di Modica and his lawyer, Norman Siegel, are expected to hold a new conference on Wednesday where they will explain how and why they will challenge the city officials who allowed the statue to remain. "But the questions are because there are other issues".

That being said, the problems with the statue do not excuse Di Modica's response.

"We continue to be grateful to the City of NY and people around the world who have responded so enthusiastically to what the Fearless Girl represents - the power and potential of having more women in leadership", the company said in the statement.

DE artist Kristen Visbal's statue of a girl with her hands on her hips was placed on the traffic island on March 7. "We wanted this wonderful contrast". Her arrival on March 7 was part of State Street's pressing companies to name more women directors, and to tout an investment fund that favors companies with diverse executive teams. He did so in the middle of the night, without a permit. The girl quickly became an online sensation, earning praise from Chelsea Clinton and actress Jessica Chastain and drawing its own swarm of women and girls who felt inspired.

Ultimately, the backlash against "Fearless Girl" does nothing but prove why the world needs her. Women need to be able to exist as symbols of power, success, and wealth without criticism, and until people learn to accept that, those people are just going to make themselves unhappy and waste everybody's time.

He called Fearless Girl, sponsored by Boston investment firm State Street Global Advisors and NY advertising company McCann, nothing more than an "advertising trick". It was meant to illustrate New York's resilience in the face of the 1987 stock market crash. Gender equality is a very serious and substantial issue.

"I put it there for art", he told MarketWatch.

Laura Baring-Gould, a Somerville artist whose public artworks include the giant "Clapp's Favorite Pear" in Dorchester, said she can understand Di Modica's frustration.

However, the sculptor behind the bull is hearing a vastly different message. State Street did not return messages from CNNMoney. "She's there attacking the bull". Di Modica's lawyers also filed Freedom of Information Act requests with city agencies, seeking records related to the authorization, location, placement and installation of "Fearless Girl".

"I love Charging Bull", Kristen Visbal told the Associated Press last month. "But using it with the bull changes the bull".

  • Leroy Wright


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