'Charging Bull' Sculptor Demands 'Fearless Girl' Statue Be Moved

Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica, creator of Wall Street's "Charging Bull", is reproaching the famous "Fearless Girl" statue installed in front of the bull without his permission.

While the "Fearless Girl" piece by artist Kristen Visbal was originally only scheduled to stay in her spot on the Department of Transportation's property until April 2, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose to allow the wildly popular installation to remain until February 2018.

Reuters reported that Norman Siegel, the attorney acting on behalf of Di Modica, said yesterday that the city's ruling to let the bronze depiction of a defiant girl remain until February 2018 just feet from the bull's flaring nostrils should be reviewed.

Di Modica claims that the statue is an "advertising trick" created by two corporate giants State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based investment giant, and McCann, its NY advertising firm.

Earlier this year, on the eve of International Women's day, "Fearless Girl" was installed on New York's Wall Street. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio even threw his full support behind the statue, and promises it will stay put for the foreseeable future.

A spokeswoman for the mayor said he had no additional comment on di Modica's allegations.

Di Modica has called for the city to move the piece.

The "Fearless Girl" statue faces Arturo Di Modica's "Charging Bull" in Manhattan's Financial District. De Blasio said at the time that "Fearless Girl" represented "standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself strength to do what's right". "SHE makes a difference" -a direct reference to State Street's SHE Index created to promote gender diversity.

The project is about "girl power", she said, a message to corporate boards on Wall Street with a dearth of women members "that we are here, that we are heard, that we are permanent". "Our goal with Fearless Girl was to create a powerful symbol to stand as a reminder to corporations across the globe that having more women in leadership positions contributes to overall performance and strengthens our economy". Di Modica told reporters at a press conference.

Siegel added that they haven't filed a lawsuit yet and refused to reveal whether or when that might happen. The capitalization of the word "SHE" proved it was a "marketing campaign", Siegel argued, amounting to commercial use of Charging Bull.

  • Zachary Reyes