Ad firm proud of 'Fearless Girl' statue

Interestingly, the bull itself was also placed on Wall Street in 1987 in the middle of the night without a permit, after that year's stock market crash. "The strength of America, the strength of the market". The young girl staring down the huge bull quickly became a tourist magnet, drawing global attention on social media.

But de Blasio seems intent on pushing Fearless Girl as a corrective to the sexism on Wall Street and everywhere, seizing an opportunity to burnish his administration's feminist bona fides on the tails of the Women's March and its attendant activism.

Kristen Visbal, the sculptor who created "Fearless Girl", did not immediately return a request for comment. Siegel told the Guardian he would offer more details at a press conference later this week. Siegel says it's clear from the way the Fearless Girl is positioned that it purposefully uses the bull as a companion piece. Di Modica meant his bull to stand alone-now, it's as if Visbal and New York City have made a solo piece a diptych without his consent.

"What they did, it's a negative", Di Modica said of the new message conveyed by "Fearless Girl". When the mayor announced that Fearless Girl would remain for another year, he boasted that its seeming message of empowerment "spoke to the moment" and was "inspiring everyone".

"Why did they attack me like that", he said. The plaque stated: "Know the power of women in leadership". "Fearless Girl" makes a far more visceral point about the inexorable sway of capitalism than feminism, but then again, what exactly is the difference anymore? He said he hopes to avoid going to court and would rather negotiate. The attorneys also filed Freedom of Information Act requests with several NY agencies, to seek paperwork and records related to the authorization, location and installment for "Fearless Girl".

State Street Global Advisors spokeswoman Anne McNally said the company was reviewing the letter from Di Modica's attorneys.

"We wouldn't move the Charging Bull statue if it offended someone", de Blasio tweeted Friday. "The Fearless Girl is staying put".

Fearless Girl statue. Image credit: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images. An artist is claiming that the statue's presence is violating his artistic rights, because somehow the concept of gender equality can still be controversial.

Di Modica has always been zealous in protecting the rights to his taurine creation. Where others see an inspiring note for women and girls, Arturo Di Modica sees "an advertising trick" that is violating his legal rights. As 1010 WINS" Juliet Papa reported, Siegel said the firm co-opted the bull to advertise an exchange traded fund called "she'. The suit claimed that Walmart had used the image of his bull sculpture in television programs, photographs, commercials and other events without his permission.

Frail and teary eyed, the Italian sculptor said he's spent more than $300,000 of his own money to bring us the bull decades ago, as a symbol of strength - not of the patriarchy.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had the ideal retort on Twitter.

  • Larry Hoffman