Bull sculptor claims NYC violated his rights with 'Fearless Girl'

The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue is accusing New York City of violating his legal rights by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed facing the bronze beast, without his permission. But the city extended its stay amid ebullient interest on social media, generous press attention and at least two petitions.

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.

"She's there attacking the bull", the longtime artist from Italy said about the statue of the girl, which was placed in the center of the world's financial capital in early March, ahead of International Women's Day. Bull, as part of a campaign by US fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in NY, on March 7, 2017.

Di Modica is expected to explain this accusation in a news conference on Wednesday, his attorney Norman Siegel claimed.

Di Modica is also seeking unspecified damages from the city of NY, the Guardian said. "None of us here are in any way not proponents of gender equality", they said before demanded the statue of the little girl be moved elsewhere.

Di Modica said his bull statue was meant to be a positive symbol of New York's fighting spirit, but that the "Fearless Girl" statue turned his into a villain.

USA Today Di Modica as saying, "The bull represents strength, the strength of America, the strength of the market". An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership". The city's population loved the bull so much that officials agreed to keep it, though it was transferred to its current location. "That's something Fearless Girl is sure to find out, once she turns into Fearless Woman and actually starts rocking the boat". The illegally placed statue was initially removed by police, but public outcry in support caused it to be permanently installed nearby. State Street Global Advisors, the firm that installed the statue, also did not answer a request for comment. The artist, who has previously called the statue an "advertising trick", believes that the "Fearless Girl" changes the meaning of his piece into something negative, thus infringing on his rights as an artist.

Di Modica also doled out sharp criticism, casting the statue as not art, but a publicity stunt by the gender-oriented company that commissioned it.

  • Zachary Reyes